Employee physiology and workplace outcomes


Gail Clarkson, Des Leach and Kerrie Unsworth are examining how a person’s physiology relates to a variety of workplace behaviours and outcomes. We know a lot about how a person’s perception of their work and their feelings about their work affect these outcomes; but we know much less about how one’s body affects them at work. A number of studies are being conducted looking at outcomes such as stress, well-being and performance.

Research aims

  • To understand the “full person” at work, not just their thoughts and emotions.

Research questions

  1. What are the best physiological indicators for stress in the workplace?
  2. How does heart rate variability affect well-being and stress?
  3. How does heart rate variability affect performance and creativity?