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USC ISI Researchers Poised to Crack the Code on Reducing Workplace Stress


Workplace stress occurs when there is a mismatch between the demands of the job and the resources and capabilities of the individual employee to meet those demands.

Researchers led by the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering hope to relieve workplace stress by understanding its causes.

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Researchers led by the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) at the University of Southern California's (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering aim to relieve workplace stress by first understanding its causes using sensors, data, and artificial intelligence.

The team will analyze sensor and self-assessment questionnaire information from USC nurses, and then collaborate with behavioral psychologists on interpreting the results.

Wearable sensors, cognitive evaluations, and daily polls will be used in the data collection process to track physical and emotional parameters.

"Using this data, we can see how your body actually responds to stressors in the environment," says ISI research director Shrikanth Narayanan.

The team wants the psychological insights from the data to eventually warrant the deployment of positive workplace interventions that could reduce stress and increase employee well-being and morale in numerous disciplines.

"From what we learn, we can think about how to help people cope better, through on-the-spot interventions...or by informing the design of good workplace environments," Narayanan says.

From USC Viterbi News
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