08 Aug '11, 7am

Working in an office is bad for productivity and harmful to your well-being: Study

LONDON - Working in an office is bad for your brain, according to a study that found that the hustle and bustle of modern offices can reduce productivity by 15 per cent and lead to a 32 per cent drop in the worker's well-being. Scientists found that open plan offices create unwanted activity in the brains of workers that can get in the way of them doing the task at hand. Having a clean and sterile desk can also leave employees with smaller brains, they claim. The findings are revealed in a programme for Channel 4 called The Secret Life of Buildings, to be broadcast today. Neuroscientist Jack Lewis said: "Open plan offices were designed with the idea that people can move around and interact freely to promote creative thinking and better problem-solving. "But it doesn't work like that. If you are just getting into some work and a phone goes off in the background, it ruins wh...

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