New research into how work environments affect productivity gives clear clues to managers and designers organising ‘new normal’ office arrangements, or planning fit-outs or refurbs.
So too, people setting up more permanent home offices.
The research between Arup and RMIT University is attracting world-wide attention, especially as workplaces adapt to covid-19 restrictions.
The combined team of artificial intelligence specialists, psychologists and engineers examined the effects of work environments on productivity indicators such as concentration, comfort and activity.
Pioneering an AI sensor-based system, the team monitored noise levels, indoor temperature, air quality, humidity, air pressure and electromagnetic fields: they also surveyed people’s views on disruptive influences, including meetings, over the course of several months.