Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Resource typeMaster Thesis
Title(s)Misophonia in the workplace
Subtitle(s)Navigating white-collar offices with misophonia in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe and envisioning workspace and policy improvements
CreatorNienaber, Olivia Honor
RefereeCloutier, Scott
Wehrden, Henrik von  0000-0003-2087-5552  142263834
AbstractThis paper uses the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals’ inclusion of human well-being and disability rights as a base to examine the work experiences of individuals with the syndrome misophonia who have been employed in white-collar office jobs in the Global North, and how these experiences fit into the current discourse on making offices more inclusive and sustainable. It reports on common workplace triggers, coping mechanisms, and the condition’s perceived effects on misophonics, as well as the perceived barriers and carriers to making workplaces more accommodating to those with the condition. A mixed-methods approach was used to address these points. First, a survey was distributed virtually and 203 responses from misophonics who work(ed) in white-collar office jobs in the study region were collected. Next, ten of these survey takers participated in semi-structured, one-on-one interviews, which were then analyzed using qualitative text analysis. The results showed that many misophonics frequently encounter intense triggers (such as mouth sounds) at the office and that self-perceived levels of productivity, well-being, and workplace sociability can be adversely affected. Though opinions on bans of certain behaviors and items and on certain terminology were diverse, there was consensus on desiring more flexible policies, understanding from others, and quiet or private working spaces, including working from home. Lack of misophonia awareness within the general populace, human resources (HR), upper management, and to some degree, the medical community was identified as a persistent barrier to misophonic employees disclosing or asking for reasonable accommodations even when they felt their misophonia was severe, negatively affected them, and there were provisions that could support them. These experiences were similar to those of other invisible conditions and pointed to the need for workplaces striving to be more sustainable and inclusive to adapt their policies and office design decisions.
Date of defense2021-08-30
Year of publication in PubData2021
Publishing typeFirst publication
Date issued2021-09-08
Creation contextStudy
NotesMasterarbeit Arizona State University, Tempe Arizona und Leuphana Universität Lüneburg July-August 2021
Granting InstitutionLeuphana Universität Lüneburg
Arizona State University
Published byMedien- und Informationszentrum, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 

MD5: 504f43b7bfb737b9701b03968fc14d83
License:  Nutzung nach Urheberrecht

1.71 MB

Adobe PDF

MD5: 011fae5125403af15cbcb23134a8eafb
License:  Nutzung nach Urheberrecht

830.89 kB

Adobe PDF

MD5: 4f5438270872a44dc0a6714040a65718
License:  Nutzung nach Urheberrecht

1.79 MB

Adobe PDF

Items in PubData are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

Citation formats
Access statistics

Page view(s): 26

Download(s): 15