The 'classic view' of the office space consisting of cubicles, in which workers simply got on with their work without much disturbance, has now long gone. Now, most office space planning projects provide an open plan view; bringing down those barriers that would otherwise leave workers feeling trapped, unable to chat and express themselves, and as anew study seems to indicate, be less active.
Office space planning: Great for active health?
The study consisted of 231 office workers (wearing chest sensors and heart monitors) in US government buildings that employed open plan and closed designs. It found that those who worked in open office design displayed 32% more physical activity than those who worked in private offices and 20% more than those in cubicles. The more active workers were also found to have 14% lower stress levels outside of the office than those who were less active. The health benefits that open office seems to provide, 'must not be ignored', the study says.