A new study published in the journal Gender, Work and Organization found that modern, open floor plan offices cause new stresses for workers, especially women, regarding image consciousness. According to Carrier Management, research carried out by Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Bedfordshire over the course of three years analyzed the behavior of around 1,000 employees at a UK local authority. Interviews with workers found numerous examples of people, particularly women, changing their behavior and dress as a result of working in an environment of constant visibility. Some people remarked they felt exposed in certain situations – for example, if they had some bad news and felt emotional.
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