How to optimize the design of a workplace to create a healthy work environment? A team from the University of Arizona Institute on Place and Wellbeing (UAIPW) in collaboration with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) performed the research redesigning a workplace for more wellbeing. They used real-time wearable human health sensors and real-time environmental sensors to monitor federal workers’ in a multi-year study. The purpose was to optimize and design healthy workplaces.
Redesigning the workplace
The sensors monitored heart activity, physical movement, and sleep quality. Where the results have been published in the research report “Wellbuilt for Wellbeing”. The main purpose of the study is that it will support GSA to develop best practices to optimize the design for healthy workplaces for human well-being. Professor Esther Sternberg, professor at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine commented on the research in the following way:
“This research has the potential to affect the lives of millions of office workers and reduce the hundreds of billions of dollars lost each year in the United States due to illnesses linked to the work environment.”