IOM uses directional noise cancellation technology to create a personal quiet zone for office workers. Office workers in a noisy open floor plan offices can access this quite zone by using their standing desk. IOM encourages employees to break their sedentary behaviour by offering an additional incentive.
and visited employees at Lanstyrelsen, the regional government office, Cinnober, Struktur Design and the Umeå Architecture school. After observing our interviewees in the offices, we discovered that our users were not using their standing desks, noise and privacy in a problem in an open floor plan office, and they did not like interruptions to their workflow.
From our secondary research phase, we concluded that targeting sitting time rather than subscribing exercises was better in addressing sedentary behaviour in the office. (See the sources of my secondary research here)
"Targeting sitting time, rather than physical activity, is the most effective way to reduce prolonged sitting, according to the first comprehensive review of strategies designed to reduce sitting time.”
- Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings Collage London, in Journal Health Psychology Review
We brainstormed using body storming, brain sketching, and dream sketching techniques...
Since all of our users pinpointed noise as an issue in open-plan office, we decided to ideate around this opportunity area. And because exisiting solution such as app and ergonomic furniture were not success in motivating people to move, we decided to focus on modifying the existing behaviours in the office that does not interupt workflow.
We also conducted a negative brainstorming session with our users, and collected more information about their work environment. From our workshop we found that people are generally aware of ergonomic behaviours and the reminders systems and negative reinforcement was not incentive enough for them to stand up. However, reducing the noise in the work environment is a powerful motivator for people to stand up. Thus, we decided to continue exploring how quiet spaces can be used to motivate people to move.
Our choosen concept is to create a quite zone that is activated when you stand up...
Since this concept is fairly conceptual. We decided to make lo-fi video prototypes to test with other students. We received feedback that having a quiet zone is an good incentive instead of something that negatively re-enforced. Users reported back that having a quiet space while still being away of all the things going on in the office is an added bonus.
In the negative brainstorming workshop, I asked participants to think of ways to keep people in their chairs and then reverse their ideas into something that helps people get out of their chairs. I contributed to the research phase with my own ethnographic interviews and observational research. In addition to working together with my team in the brainstorming and ideation phase, I contributed to the research phase with my own ethnographic interviews and observational research.