The Role of Office Design in Burnout

Culture and Environment

Whitney Austin Gray presents Role of Office Design in Burnout

Whitney Austin Gray, PhD, LEED AP, WELL Faculty

Senior Vice President, Delos Insights, Delos®


Burnout is a significant issue affecting today’s workforce, costing an estimated $125-190 billion per year in healthcare spending in the U.S. alone. Much of the current discussion around this issue has focused on individual factors and job characteristics. Can workplace design play a role in addressing the problem?
With more and more workplaces moving toward open office design there is also more opportunity for distraction. Limiting acoustical disruptions by implementing passive workplace interventions (such as sound masking and designating quiet workspaces) gives employees the agency to manage these stimuli, contributing to better psychoacoustics. Employers can thereby harness the power of design to prevent stress, and help their employees stay focused, engaged and productive throughout the workday.


Presenter Bio(s):

At Delos, Dr. Whitney Austin Gray leads research and the development of innovative strategies that seek to improve human health and well-being through building design. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Georgetown University. Dr. Gray received her PhD from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and was the first public health professional to become LEED AP.