24 May 2013
New healthcare research has revealed a connection between open plan offices and frequency of illnesses. Individuals who work in an open plan office are less productive, more stressed, and take 62 per cent more sick days than those who are divided into personal, enclosed spaces.
The study, conducted by experts at North Carolina State and Virginia State universities, suggested that germs spread more easily in open workspaces. Increased stress levels could also be behind the high rate of illnesses.
Lack of essential nutrients and poor dieting choices could also affect a worker’s concentration and ability to perform under pressure. To assess whether or not a mineral deficiency exists, self pay vitamin level tests are available.
Additionally, a lack of focus could be inhibiting performance. Research found that a plethora of workplace distractions are decreasing productivity, like overheard conversations, phones and machines. Furthermore, workplace temperatures are often set around 20 degrees Celsius - the prime temperature for the spread of many illnesses.
Posted by Edward Bartel
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