Report: Hidden Health Benefits of an Open Office
Employees who work in an open-office format engaged in 32 percent more physical activity
There are a lot of mixed opinions about open-plan offices—that they frustrate workers, for example, or that they foster more collaboration. But a less-discussed aspect of the open-office format is its impact on employees’ health and well-being.
According to a new study, the effects are pretty positive. In a study published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine[registration], researchers at the University of Arizona found that the open-office environment encourages more physical activity and helps to decrease stress.
The study analyzed 231 federal workers, using activity sensors to track their movements both inside and outside of work. The researchers found that employees who worked in an open-office format engaged in 32 percent more physical activity than workers in enclosed offices and 20 percent more than those who sat in cubicles.
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