‘Of­fice de­sign linked to health’

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS -

GET­TING your own of­fice is gen­er­ally seen as a good sign for your ca­reer, but re­search sug­gests it could be bad for your health.

The study looked at data from 231 state em­ploy­ees at four sites in open-plan of­fices, cu­bi­cles with high­walled par­ti­tions and pri­vate of­fices.

Par­tic­i­pants wore heart sen­sors and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity mon­i­tors, which cap­tured the in­ten­sity of move­ment for three con­sec­u­tive work days and two nights.

Open-plan work­ers clocked up a fifth more phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity than those in cu­bi­cles and 32% more than those in pri­vate of­fices. Open-plan staff had lower stress than those in cu­bi­cles.

Work­ers in pri­vate of­fices were the most stressed. – Daily Mail

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