Preliminary findings from a landmark study on the impact of workstations on employee productivity show clear associations between performance and environmental conditions.
The study was conducted by Alan Hedge, a renowned Cornell University professor and ergonomics expert. He placed miniature personal environmental-sensing stations located next to workstations at the Florida headquarters of the Insurance Office of America. The monitors logged temperature, humidity and ambient light conditions for one month, comparing those with employee’s keystrokes, application usage, mouse movements, Internet activity, elapsed task times and the like. Using Magnitude’s ErgoEnterprise software suite, Hedge was able to track employee task times down to the second.
Hedge reported the following at the 2004 Eastern Ergonomics conference in New York City:
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