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Danielsson, ChristinaORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-7987-1567
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Bodin Danielsson, C. (2016). Office type's association to employees' welfare: Three studies. Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation, 54(4), 779-790
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2016 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 54, no 4, p. 779-790Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: The workplace is important for employees' daily life and well-being. This article investigates exploratory the office design's role for employees' welfare from different perspectives. OBJECTIVE: By comparing different studies of the office, type's influence on different factors of employees' welfare the aim is to see if any common patterns exist in office design's impact. METHODS: The three included studies investigate office type's association with employees' welfare by measuring its influence on: a) perception of leadership, b) sick leave, and c) job satisfaction. The sample consists of office employees from a large, national representative work environment survey that work in one of the seven identified office types in contemporary office design: (1) cell-offices; (2) shared-room offices; (3) small, (4) medium-sized and (5) large open-plan offices; (6) flex-offices and (7) combi-offices. Statistical method used is multivariate logistic and linear regression analysis with adjustment for background factors. RESULTS: Overall results show that shared-room office, traditional open plan offices and flex-office stand out negatively, but to different degree(s) on the different outcomes measured. CONCLUSIONS: This explorative comparison of different studies finds a pattern of office types that repeatedly show indications of negative influence on employees' welfare, but further studies are needed to clarify this.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IOS Press, 2016
Keywords
design features, job satisfaction, leadership, Office type, sick leave, human, human experiment, linear regression analysis, medical leave, office worker, perception, welfare, work environment
National Category
Paper, Pulp and Fiber Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-194873 (URN)10.3233/WOR-162361 (DOI)000384875600003 ()2-s2.0-84985912255 (Scopus ID)
Note

QC 20161213

Available from: 2016-12-13 Created: 2016-11-01 Last updated: 2019-02-07Bibliographically approved
Bodin Danielsson, C., Bodin, L., Wulff, C. & Theorell, T. (2015). The relation between office type and workplace conflict: A gender and noise perspective. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 42, 161-171
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The relation between office type and workplace conflict: A gender and noise perspective
2015 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Psychology, ISSN 0272-4944, E-ISSN 1522-9610, Vol. 42, p. 161-171Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This exploratory study aimed to investigate the impact of the office design on workplace conflicts, with a special attention to noise in the office. A gender perspective was applied. The sample consisted of 5229 employees from the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health 2010 (SLOSH), working in different office types. In the multivariate analysis office type was used as the explanatory variable with adjustments for age, supervisory position and labour market sector. Analysis stratified for gender was used. Among women a significant impact of office type per se on workplace conflicts was found, but not among men. For women several office types differed significantly from the cell-office with regard to prevalence of conflicts during the past two years, but for men only the combi-office differed from the cell-office. Noise had an impact on workplace conflicts, but is not the only explanatory factor since the effect of office type remained also after adjustment for noise in multivariate analyses. Other environmental factors inherent in the office type might thus explain the occurrence of conflicts.

National Category
Civil Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-171152 (URN)10.1016/j.jenvp.2015.04.004 (DOI)000356741700017 ()2-s2.0-84947909174 (Scopus ID)
Note

QC 20150720

Available from: 2015-07-20 Created: 2015-07-20 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
Bodin Danielsson, C. (2014). The Office - An Explorative Study: Architectural Design's Impact on Health, Job Satisfaction and Well-being. Stockholm
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Office - An Explorative Study: Architectural Design's Impact on Health, Job Satisfaction and Well-being
2014 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This is an updated version of the Doctoral Thesis with the same title, that was presented in 2010 and is to be found at: http://kth.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?searchId=1&pid=diva2:349771

As a consequence of the great interest for the doctoral thesis, it is now unavailable in print form. A second and updated edition is thus published. The only difference between the first and second edition of the thesis is the forword in the 2014 edition,  and the corrections of errors found in the last article "Aestethics versus Funciton: What matters to Office Employees?".

This work examines the office environment’s influence on employees’ perception of their workplaces, their organizations and their job satisfaction, as well as their health and wellbeing. It is based on an empirical study of 491 office employees from twenty-six companies and divisions in large companies. Seven office types, defined by their architectural and functional features, are represented in the study group: cell-office, shared-room office, small open planoffice, medium-sized open plan office, large open plan office, flex-office and combi-office. The research has its basis in architecture, although an interdisciplinary approach using organizationaland management theory, environmental psychology, and social and stress medicine has been employed. Qualitative (Articles I & V) and quantitative methods(Articles II & IV) were used. The thesis also contains an explorative, review article. Thus it comprises all in all five articles. Article I is an analysis of the importance of architectural quality for employees´ perceptionand experience of the office using Lynch’s method (1960) developed to measure inhabitants’perception of architectural quality in cities. The study shows that in the office the experience to a high degree is independent of both the scale of the office and office type; instead it is determined by the quality of the plan layout combined with the quality of other design features. It also shows Lynch’s method to be useful in foreseeing where the elements that reinforce ‘imageability’ will most likely appear in an office environment. Article II investigates employees’ environmental satisfaction focusing on:1) ambient factors; 2) noise and privacy; and 3) design-related factors. The results, based on regression models with age, gender, job rank and line of business as additional covariates, show office type as a factor with a statistically significant impact on satisfaction with the officeenvironment. Employees in cell-offices are prominently most satisfied, followed by those inflex-offices, cell-offices rate low only on social aspects of design-related factors. A major finding is the internal differences between office types where employees share workspace and facilities with lowest satisfaction in medium-sized and large open plan offices. Article III is a review article that analyzes the employees’ office experiences in two ways:1) by framing the physical work environment’s influence on employees into the model oforganizational theorist Davis (1994); and 2) by categorizing the office experience into two groups based on the nature of the experience and problems related to them. The results of the emperical study presented in Article II are the basis for the discussion in this article. Article IV examines employees’ health, well-being and job satisfaction. A multivariate analysis applied to the study sample and equivalent to that of Article II shows significantly higher risks for ill health and poor well-being in medium-sized and small open plan offices, compared especially with cell-office. In medium-sized open plan and combi-offices the employees evince the lowest job satisfaction. The best chance for good health status and job satisfaction is in celloffices and flex-offices. Article V examines the office architecture´s importance for employees’ perception of their own workplaces and organizations based on the two key components of architecture—the aesthetical and functional dimensions. The results show that overall the employees had positive experiences of their office environments. These mainly concerned the aesthetical dimension, whereas the negative comments dealt with the functional dimension. The aesthetical dimension appears not only to set the agenda for employees’ perception of the workplace and organizationas a whole, but also for the perception of the functional dimensions. The functional dimensions were only in focus when the workstation and its proximate area were discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: , 2014. p. xiii, 122
Keywords
employees, office environnment, office type, architectural features, functional features, architecture, experience, satisfaction, dissatisfaction, health, job satisfaction, perception
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-142849 (URN)
Note

QC 20140509

Available from: 2014-05-09 Created: 2014-03-13 Last updated: 2014-05-09Bibliographically approved
Bodin Danielsson, C. (2011). Experiencing architecture: exploring the soul of the eye. In: Philip Plowright et al (Ed.), Considering Research: Reflecting upon current themes in architectural research. Paper presented at ARCC 2011. Detroit, Michigan. April 20-23 2011.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Experiencing architecture: exploring the soul of the eye
2011 (English)In: Considering Research: Reflecting upon current themes in architectural research / [ed] Philip Plowright et al, 2011Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-61434 (URN)
Conference
ARCC 2011. Detroit, Michigan. April 20-23 2011
Note
QC 20120410Available from: 2012-01-17 Created: 2012-01-17 Last updated: 2012-04-10Bibliographically approved
Bodin Danielsson, C. (2011). Framtidens arbetsrum. Framtider : bulletin / Sekretariatet för framtidsstudier - FRN, 1
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Framtidens arbetsrum
2011 (Swedish)In: Framtider : bulletin / Sekretariatet för framtidsstudier - FRN, ISSN 0281-0492, Vol. 1Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Institutet för framtidsstudier, 2011
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-61441 (URN)
Note

QC 20120220

Available from: 2012-01-17 Created: 2012-01-17 Last updated: 2016-12-06Bibliographically approved
Bodin Danielsson, C. (2011). Golv påverkar stressnivå i öppen kontorsmiljö. Husbyggaren : organ för Svenska byggnadsingenjörers riksförbund
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2011 (Swedish)In: Husbyggaren : organ för Svenska byggnadsingenjörers riksförbund, ISSN 0018-7968Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Svenska byggnadsingenjörers riksförbund, 2011
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-61440 (URN)
Note

QC 20120220

Available from: 2012-01-17 Created: 2012-01-17 Last updated: 2016-12-06Bibliographically approved
Bodin Danielsson, C. (2011). The architectural design's impact on office employees' comfort and wellbeing. In: Pierrette, M; Rioux, L. (Ed.), forthcoming. Paris: Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défence
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2011 (English)In: forthcoming / [ed] Pierrette, M; Rioux, L., Paris: Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défence , 2011Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Paris: Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défence, 2011
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-61437 (URN)
Note
In press QS 2012Available from: 2012-01-17 Created: 2012-01-17 Last updated: 2012-02-20Bibliographically approved
Bodin Danielsson, C. (2010). Office design's influence on employee's stress levels. Paper presented at ARCC/ EAAE, International conference on architectural research, Washington, June 23-26, 2010.
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2010 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-61444 (URN)
Conference
ARCC/ EAAE, International conference on architectural research, Washington, June 23-26, 2010
Note
QC 20120419Available from: 2012-01-17 Created: 2012-01-17 Last updated: 2012-04-19Bibliographically approved
Bodin Danielsson, C. (2010). The Office - An Explorative Study: Architectural Design's Impact on Health, Job Satisfaction & Well-being. (Doctoral dissertation). Stockholm: KTH
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Office - An Explorative Study: Architectural Design's Impact on Health, Job Satisfaction & Well-being
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This doctoral thesis examines the office environment’s influence on employees’ perception oftheir workplaces, their organizations and their job satisfaction, as well as their health and wellbeing.It is based on an empirical study of 491 office employees from twenty-six companies anddivisions in large companies. Seven office types, defined by their architectural and functionalfeatures, are represented in the study group: cell-office, shared-room office, small open planoffice, medium-sized open plan office, large open plan office, flex-office and combi-office. Theresearch has its basis in architecture, although an interdisciplinary approach using organizationaland management theory, environmental psychology, and social and stress medicine has beenemployed. Qualitative (Articles I & V) and quantitative methods(Articles II & IV) were used.The thesis also contains an explorative, review article. Thus it comprises all in all five articles.Article I is an analysis of the importance of architectural quality for employees´ perceptionand experience of the office using Lynch’s method (1960) developed to measure inhabitants’perception of architectural quality in cities. The study shows that in the office the experienceto a high degree is independent of both the scale of the office and office type; instead it isdetermined by the quality of the plan layout combined with the quality of other design features.It also shows Lynch’s method to be useful in foreseeing where the elements that reinforce‘imageability’ will most likely appear in an office environment.Article II investigates employees’ environmental satisfaction focusing on:1) ambient factors; 2) noise and privacy; and 3) design-related factors. The results, based onregression models with age, gender, job rank and line of business as additional covariates,show office type as a factor with a statistically significant impact on satisfaction with the officeenvironment. Employees in cell-offices are prominently most satisfied, followed by those inflex-offices, cell-offices rate low only on social aspects of design-related factors. A major findingis the internal differences between office types where employees share workspace and facilitieswith lowest satisfaction in medium-sized and large open plan offices.Article III is a review article that analyzes the employees’ office experiences in two ways:1) by framing the physical work environment’s influence on employees into the model oforganizational theorist Davis (1994); and 2) by categorizing the office experience into twogroups based on the nature of the experience and problems related to them. The results of theemperical study presented in Article II are the basis for the discussion in this article.Article IV examines employees’ health, well-being and job satisfaction. A multivariateanalysis applied to the study sample and equivalent to that of Article II shows significantly higherrisks for ill health and poor well-being in medium-sized and small open plan offices, comparedespecially with cell-office. In medium-sized open plan and combi-offices the employees evincethe lowest job satisfaction. The best chance for good health status and job satisfaction is in cellofficesand flex-offices.Article V examines the office architecture´s importance for employees’ perception of theirown workplaces and organizations based on the two key components of architecture—theaesthetical and functional dimensions. The results show that overall the employees had positiveexperiences of their office environments. These mainly concerned the aesthetical dimension,whereas the negative comments dealt with the functional dimension. The aesthetical dimensionappears not only to set the agenda for employees’ perception of the workplace and organizationas a whole, but also for the perception of the functional dimensions. The functional dimensionswere only in focus when the workstation and its proximate area were discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2010. p. xiii, 122
Series
Trita-ARK. Akademisk avhandling, ISSN 1402-7461 ; 10:02
Keywords
employees, office environment, office type, architectural features, functional features, architecture, experience, satisfaction, dissatisfaction, health, job satisfaction, perception
National Category
Architectural Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-24429 (URN)978-91-7415-700-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2010-09-20, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, KTH, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Note

QC 20100908

Available from: 2010-09-08 Created: 2010-09-08 Last updated: 2012-11-16Bibliographically approved
Bodin Danielsson, C. (2010). The office design's influence on employees' stress levels in an ergonomic context. In: Proceeding of 6th International Conference on Ergonomics. Paper presented at 6th international conference on ergonomics, Warsaw, Poland, 18th of November 2010. Warsaw Poland
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2010 (English)In: Proceeding of 6th International Conference on Ergonomics, Warsaw Poland, 2010Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Warsaw Poland: , 2010
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-61443 (URN)
Conference
6th international conference on ergonomics, Warsaw, Poland, 18th of November 2010
Note
QC 20120126Available from: 2012-01-17 Created: 2012-01-17 Last updated: 2012-08-16Bibliographically approved
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