Workspace design may be causing you extra stress

By WEEK Producer

May 2, 2014 Updated May 2, 2014 at 11:20 PM CDT

It may not just be the workload causing you stress on the job, it could also be your workspace.

Cubicles and open office plans were designed for better communication and idea flow but they may actually cause us more stress.

A 2013 study from the University of Sydney found employees with private offices we more satisfied at work than people in cubicles or open office plans.

University of Calgary researchers found open office spaces had a negative impact on workers' focus, productivity and job satisfaction.

"You're probably a little shy of doing anything personal, making a personal call, even using the restroom may be kind of a spectacle in an open office environment, whereas with greater privacy people are able to take care of some personal needs, so their stress actually goes down,” said Psychologist Dr. Scott Bea of the Cleveland Clinic.

Doctors say to combat your workspace stress, try personalizing your desk with pictures and other items from home.

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