If you love the open office layout at work, you’re about to get your first good news in a long time. We already know well, but the predominantly inexpensive way of organizing the workplace makes us anti-social, more susceptible to harassment, long illness, and generally overcrowding. But hey – at least it makes us move.
Researchers at the University of Arizona have just published a study that shows that spending the day in an open office reduces daytime stress and increases your activity levels compared to those who work in small rooms and private offices. The data comes from stress monitors worn by federal employees for a period of time, rather than subjective reports.
According to a press release, those who worked in an open benched environment were “32% more physically active in the office than those in private offices and 20% more active than those who worked in small chambers.” “It is important that workers who are more physically active at the office have 14% less physical stress than those who are less physically active in the office.”
Of course, this data eliminated a number of “soft” factors, such as the level of comfort and productivity. Sitting at work actually causes a problem for office workers, to the point where some lawyers believe employees can be compensated for that work. But a small number of workers – nearly a fifth – would abolish the open office system if they could. There are other ways to minimize gluing to the computer all day. If you can make a decision about how to organize your office, be sure to review all the information.