Workplace Stress on Mental Health
A new study in the current online version of Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests that open workspaces without division between desks help employees to be more active and curb stress.
Reduce the stress level
He and his colleagues tracked the physical activity and stress levels of 231 public servants, all of whom were reported to be healthy. Some worked in an open office, either with little division between desks or none at all. Others worked in high-walled cubicles or in fully walled offices.
The study found that people working in open offices were 20% more active in cubicles, and 32% more active than colleagues in private offices.
This can motivate workers to move around in search of privacy when the person or others are entangled with others over the phone.
For three days and two nights, study participants wore instruments to monitor their heart and overall activity. He also completed hourly surveys to track mood swings at work. Finally a longer survey estimated overall stress levels.
After adjusting for a number of factors, including age, gender, and obesity, researchers observed that overall, men were more active in the office than women, and younger and leaner workers were less on the job than their older workers.