Are you stressed at work? This is the solution - A further study in the popular online edition of Industrial and Environmental Physic, suggests that open workspaces outdoors partitions between desks help employees to be more productive and help curb weight.
"We are displaying an increasingly sedentary workforce, and anything that we can do, even quietly, to nudge physical movement up will have enormous advantages," said lead researcher Casey Lindberg.
Lower stress levels
He and his partners tracked physical activity and pressure levels of 231 state employees, all of whom describe as healthy. Some worked in an open office, with both low partitions between tables or none at all. Others worked in factories outfitted with high-walled cubicles or in completely walled-off spaces.
Operators in open offices were 20% more productive than those in cubicles, and 32% more productive than colleagues in separate offices, the research found. And related to more sedentary co-workers, more active operators had 14% lower stress levels outside the office.
But how does it get forms moving?
"The difference in movement at the office may be in spring due to an increased perception of others when in an unlocked workstation environment," Lindberg said.
That may prompt operators to move around in search of privacy when engaging with others in form or by phone.
For three times and two nights, participants in the room wore a means to monitor their heart and overall project. They also completed hourly reviews to track mood swings on the job. A more extended reading at the end estimated global stress levels.
After setting for a range of circumstances, including age, gender and obesity, researchers noted that overall, men were more active at the trade than females, and junior and leaner workers were less pressure on the job than their older, heavier peers.
'A different conversation.'
On average, though, those running in open settings were decided to be significantly more active and scarce stressed out on the job than those in less open business environments.
That told, Lindberg noted that while an open office design seems to be associated with better mental well-being, the study does not establish cause and effect. Other office design characteristics, such as access to stairwells or informal gathering spaces, might also affect operator stress, Lindberg said.
Still, he and his partners hope that their conclusions lead to "a new conversation about the pros and cons of many aspects of office design on fitness outcomes".
"It makes sense that workplace environments, where characters spend a major part of their weekdays, may affect stress levels," he said.
"A caveat is that there are some other parts, including the type of work, workflow, education, social and gender differences, and personality types, that force also influences stress levels," Dr Verghese added.