This Is the Ideal Office Setup For Low Stress and Better Physical Health

Young men at standing desks in office
Andy Ryan

So much for the corner office. Working in an open space results in better physical and emotional health than sitting in a private room or a cubicle, a study in Occupational and Environmental Medicine finds.



“Heart rate variability monitors revealed that people in open spaces have lower physiological markers for stress,” says researcher Esther Sternberg.

She also found that those in open seating were 32 percent more active than people who had an office, and the more active people were (meaning they got up and walked around during the day), the less stressed they were. So if you are confined to a C-suite, get out and talk to people.

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