The article "An Agent Based Simulation System for Analyzing Stress Regulation Policies at the Workplace" by Sergio Muñoz and Carlos A. Iglesias has been published in Journal of Computational Science, indexed by JCR Q1.

Abstract. Workplace stress has a significant impact on productivity, since keeping workers’ stress on an adequate level results a key factor for companies to increase their performance. While a high stress level may conduct to anxiety or absenteeism, a low level may also have undesirable consequences, such as lack of motivation. To identify and understand all the elements which interfere on workers’ stress results a key factor in order to improve workers’ performance. However, the complexity of human behavior increases the difficulty of recognizing the influence of these stressors and finding a way to regulate workers’ stress. This paper proposes the use of agent-based simulation techniques for addressing the challenge of analyzing workers’ behavior and stress regulation policies. The main contributions of the paper are: (i) the definition of a stress model that takes into account work and ambient conditions to calculate the stress and the productivity of workers; (ii) the implementation of this model in an agent-based simulation system, enabling the analysis of workplace stress and productivity for different stress regulation policies; (iii) the analysis of four different stress regulation policies; and (iv) the validation of the model with a sensitivity analysis and with its application to a living lab.

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