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Is it difficult for you to perform at your best while working at the office?

This was my experience at an internship. It was customary for employees to work by shift and to keep the environment conservative. The standards in the culture was a quiet work space. However, I thrived around moving bodies and sounds of life.

Customs, beliefs and behavior standards are just a few cultural contexts. Activity patterns, expectations, ethnicity, values, political aspects are also included.  The premise of cultural context includes opportunities for education, employment and economic support that are accepted by the society in which one is a member.

Work as an occupational therapy practitioner has guided me to understand my sensory self – or how my sensations respond to stress. I’m aware that I have low arousal. My performance, learning and attention improves with an increase of arousal (color, music, movement, texture, etc).  However, if there is too much performance begins to decline.

Boundary setting and knowing thresholds keep my stress levels low. I enjoy music, yet singing lowers my performance. Preferred seating when telecommuting is a cafe window on a busy street, yet slow moving people on a sidewalk are a distraction.

Identify the cultural context that may peek your performance. It’s a new discovery to becoming aware of your sensory responses. Bonus: it reduces job stress!

DESIGN^sensory-craving | a culture of products and interior environments to support users that crave sensory stimulation.
DESIGN^sensory over-reponsive | a culture of products and environments to support users who distract quickly to sensory stimulus
DESIGN^under-responsive | a culture of products and interiors that support users needs of sensory stimulus.

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