Physiological Effects of Office Noise (07-09-21)

Sander and colleagues studied the effects of open plan offices on worker experiences, coupling self-reports and physiological measures:  “Employing a simulated office setting, we compared the effects of a typical OPO [open-plan office] auditory environment to a quieter private office auditory environment on a range of objective and subjective measures of well-being and performance. . . . OPO noise . . . did reduce psychological well-being as evidenced by self-reports of mood, facial expressions of emotion, and physiological indicators of stress in the form of heartrate and skin conductivity. Our research highlights the importance of using a multimodal approach to assess the impact of workplace stressors such as noise.”  

Elizabeth Sander, Cecelia Marques, James Birt, Matthew Stead and Oliver Baumann.  “Open-Plan Office Noise is Stressful:  Multimodal Stress Detection in a Simulated Work Environment.”  Journal of Management and Organization, in press,