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Engineering, Design, Manufacturing and Management Systems
Since the initial spread of COVID-19, many individuals around the world have experienced a rapid shift from an external workplace, to needing a dedicated workspace within the home. While some individuals have been faced with new distractions like family members and pets, others have been faced with the struggle of having a workspace in common areas, where relaxation and socialization normally occur. Due to the needs for many people to work from home and be isolated from coworkers, it is essential for living spaces to be adaptable to meet these needs. Producing an effective separation can help lead to overall better mental well-being and productivity in individuals. The importance of designing an effective space has become evident through researching the effects that sensory cues like light, sound, and smells can have on productivity, as well as in learning how detrimental having little separation between work and home is for employees, shortening recovery periods. The team also conducted a survey pertaining to what individuals' value in workspace and a second survey has data being collected on the specific components that individuals require in a workspace. To create a separation between personal life and professional life, it is essential to have that physical dichotomy reflected in between one’s living space and workspace. Over the course of the past two semesters, the team designed and created CAD models, as well as physical models, that promote a shift in atmosphere from productivity to relaxation, transforming the perception of the space and the capabilities of it.
Holmes, Kayli, "Versatile Home Workspace Environment" (2021). Honors Theses. 3398.
Honors Thesis-Open Access