Pilot study into the impact of office design on worker productivity

Pilot study into the impact of office design on worker productivity
Pilot study into the impact of office design on worker productivity

The University of Sydney, Southern Cross University and interior design firm Cachet Group have launched a pilot study into the impact of office design on worker productivity.

The study aims to find out how activity-based office designs affect worker productivity and wellbeing.

Leading the research project is the University of Sydney’s Dr Christhina Candido who runs the Building Occupant Survey System (BOSSA).

She said open plan offices have evolved significantly in Australia over the last few decades as a result of innovative concepts such as activity-based working now becoming the norm.

“We know a lot about the issues around open-plan working, but we need to understand more about how this latest wave of activity-based work environments may affect the productivity of office workers,” she said.

“Typically, it may see workers migrating to team desks, quiet concentration rooms, a variety of meeting rooms, brainstorming areas, multi-media rooms and lounges.

“The advantages of activity-based working have already been widely reported in the property sector but it is time to provide evidence around this growing office trend in Australia."

Wearable technology and analytical software developed by Southern Cross University and the University of Sydney will be used to the responses of workers in a variety of work spaces.

Rowan Hamman, Managing Director of Cachet Group’s Australian operation said the Australian study will provide the research needed to develop an exemplary global practice of work place design.

“It will provide the basis for evidence-based design solutions to increase worker satisfaction,” he said.

“Cachet Group is extremely proud to be a part of this pioneering study with such iconic research institutions for the interior design and architecture field.

"We hope that data collected and information produced from the study will give us, as an industry of professionals, a greater understanding of this subject matter.

“It is also an opportunity for us to give back some of our time, energy and expertise to the industry that has supported our business and our key objective of improving the happiness and wellbeing of everyday Australians through strategic workplace design and innovation.”

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