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Research Suggests Stress Can Increase Productivity Sparking New AI Debate

Employee comfort has been a hallmark of the workplace in the IoT era. Office design and technology has promised to raise worker comfort levels to bring about health, wellbeing and productivity benefits. New research suggests, however, that too much comfort can be negative and that stress is an important motivator for performance. How will modern workplaces find the comfort-stress balance in light of these new ideas and what role will technology play? “The traditional office has not always placed high priority on the comfort of its employees. Modern workplace research is consistently showing that comfortable workers are productive workers,” suggests our comprehensive report on all topics related to The Future Workplace: Smart Office Design in the IoT Era. “This may initially seem counterintuitive to many, after all comfort is synonymous with relaxation, which in turn is another word for what you might do when you’re not working. However, in the context of workplace design, comfort […]

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