Relationship between rework of engineering drawing tasks and stress level measured from physiological signals

Jeonghyeun Chae, Sungjoo Hwang, Wonkyoung Seo, Youngcheol Kang

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This study investigates the relationship between stress levels and rework of engineering drawing tasks by using physiological signals and surveys. Managing excessive stress at the workplace is critical, as occupational stress adversely impacts the work performance as well as the work–life balance of employees. This study hypothesizes that rework can be a severe occupational stressor. This hypothesis was tested by measuring the stress responses of subjects before and after a rework order using two physiological signals, namely electrodermal activity (EDA) and electroencephalogram (EEG). In addition, a survey was conducted to serve as a supplementary measure for the relationship. It was found that the three measures consistently showed that rework was a stressor. The findings emphasize the importance of managing rework in the construction industry, which will eventually help construction managers control the stress levels of employees effectively.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103560
JournalAutomation in Construction
StatePublished - Apr 2021

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by a National Research Foundation of Korea grant funded by the Korean government ( Ministry of Education ; NRF – 2017 R1D1A1B03030879 ). This work was also supported by the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) and the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE) of the Republic of Korea (No. 20194010201850 ).

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© 2021 Elsevier B.V.


  • Physiological signal
  • Rework
  • Stress


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