Koohsari and colleagues studied how worker perceptions of workplace layouts influence how active they are during the day. The investigators had study participants report their physical activity during the workday and provide details on the design of their workplace. The Koohsari team interprets their findings by sharing that "There may be a disincentive to move around the office in shared and open-plan offices because of the disruption to work or the potential to be judged. It may be possible that seeing others (shared and open-plan offices) sitting acts as a cue also to sit more (social norm)-not wanting to be seen moving around too much or being perceived as wasting time or not working."
Mohammad Koohsari, Gavin McCormack, Tomoki Nakaya, Ai Shibata, Kaori Ishii, Chien-Yu Lin, Tomoya Hanibuchi, Akitomo Yasunaga, and Koichiro Oka. 2022. “Perceived Workplace Layout Design and Work-Related Physical Activity and Sitting Time.” Building and Environment, vol. 211, 108739, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2021.108739