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Consequences of implementing activity-based flexible offices in academia: a follow-up study of perceived changes in the physical and psychosocial work environment after relocation
School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Division of Sociology, Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden.
Malmö University, Centre for Work Life and Evaluation Studies (CTA). Malmö University, Faculty of Odontology (OD).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4573-4548
Malmö University, Centre for Work Life and Evaluation Studies (CTA). Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of School Development and Leadership (SOL).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5972-4933
2023 (English)In: Facilities, ISSN 0263-2772, E-ISSN 1758-7131, Vol. 41, no 15/16, p. 129-145Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: This study aims to investigate university staff relocation from multiple separate buildings to a new building with activity-based flexible offices (AFOs) at a University in Sweden. The aim was to assess staff perceptions of the physical and psychosocial work environment and whether there were any changes in these perceptions before and after the move.

Design/methodology/approach: A mixed-methods design was used, analyzing closed-ended survey data at two time points (T1, n = 169 and T2, n = 160) and open-ended responses (n = 180) at T2.

Findings: The main findings revealed that employees started working more from home and that there were significant decreases in perceptions of the physical and psychosocial work environment, as well as job satisfaction, after the move to the new premises.

Practical implications: A comprehensive analysis of existing work processes, tasks and collaborations is crucial when planning new university premises. The planning process needs to be done in close collaboration with different stakeholders with multiple perspectives.

Originality/value: Introduction of AFOs in an academic setting can lead to negative consequences for occupational health and efficiency.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2023. Vol. 41, no 15/16, p. 129-145
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-64354DOI: 10.1108/f-05-2023-0043ISI: 001119182000001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85179321139OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-64354DiVA, id: diva2:1819215
Available from: 2023-12-13 Created: 2023-12-13 Last updated: 2023-12-27Bibliographically approved

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