Office Design’s Influence on Employees’ Stress Levels

Jun 23, 2010

This is an explorative study on the office design’s relation to employees’ stress levels and the architectural and functional features of the different office types, which are hypothesized to influence the employees’ stress level. The main questions at issue: 1) Are there differences in stress levels between employees in different office types, 2) If so, can these be explained by the features of the office types? and 3) Are there gender-related differences in which office types are perceived as stressful or not? The results are discussed in a holistic context and also how to apply knowledge about employees’ psychological and physical health into the design process.

keywords: office design, stress level, gender, employees, office type, architectural features, functional features

Christina Bodin Danielsson (The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden)
Lennart Bodin (Örebro University, Sweden)
Presented at: 
ARCC/EAAE 2010 International Conference on Architectural Research
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC)

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