Open-plan office workers are more active, research says

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NEW research from the US says that open-plan office workers are more active.

The study by academics at the University of Arizona also found that workers in an open-plan setting are less stressed than those in cubicles.

Data from 231 workers across four sites wearing chest sensors was analysed as part of the research which has just been published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

“Higher physical activity at the office was in turn related to lower physiological stress outside the office as measured by heart rate variability,” was one of the key findings of the report.

It concludes by saying that “office design, driven by office workstation type, could be a health-promoting factor.”

External link: Effects of office workstation type on physical activity and stress

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