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"Transport Me Away": Fostering Flow in Open Offices through Virtual Reality


Ruvimova, Anastasia; Kim, Junhyeok; Fritz, Thomas; Hancock, Mark; Shepherd, David C (2020). "Transport Me Away": Fostering Flow in Open Offices through Virtual Reality. In: CHI '20, Honolulu, HI, USA, 25 April 2020 - 30 April 2020, ACM.

Abstract

Open offices are cost-effective and continue to be popular. However, research shows that these environments, brimming with distractions and sensory overload, frequently hamper productivity. Our research investigates the use of virtual reality (VR) to mitigate distractions in an open office setting and improve one’s ability to be in flow. In a lab study, 35 participants performed visual programming tasks in four combinations of physical (open or closed office) and virtual environments(beach or virtual office). While participants both preferred and were in flow more in a closed office without VR, in an open office, the VR environments outperformed the no VR condition in all measures of flow, performance, and preference. Especially considering the recent rapid advancements in VR, our findings illustrate the potential VR has to improve flow and satisfaction in open offices.

Abstract

Open offices are cost-effective and continue to be popular. However, research shows that these environments, brimming with distractions and sensory overload, frequently hamper productivity. Our research investigates the use of virtual reality (VR) to mitigate distractions in an open office setting and improve one’s ability to be in flow. In a lab study, 35 participants performed visual programming tasks in four combinations of physical (open or closed office) and virtual environments(beach or virtual office). While participants both preferred and were in flow more in a closed office without VR, in an open office, the VR environments outperformed the no VR condition in all measures of flow, performance, and preference. Especially considering the recent rapid advancements in VR, our findings illustrate the potential VR has to improve flow and satisfaction in open offices.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:30 April 2020
Deposited On:23 Jan 2020 12:23
Last Modified:27 Jan 2022 00:33
Publisher:ACM
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3313831.3376724
Related URLs:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S91tu7IEby8
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:19008