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Office type's association to employees' welfare: Three studies
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7987-1567
2016 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 54, no 4, 779-790 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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.

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IOS Press, 2016. Vol. 54, no 4, 779-790 p.
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design features, job satisfaction, leadership, Office type, sick leave, human, human experiment, linear regression analysis, medical leave, office worker, perception, welfare, work environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-194873DOI: 10.3233/WOR-162361ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84985912255OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-194873DiVA: diva2:1055759
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Available from: 2016-12-13 Created: 2016-11-01 Last updated: 2016-12-13Bibliographically approved

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