Transformation of the office

Frankó, Luca ORCID:, Erdélyi, Ajna and Dúll, Andrea ORCID: (2022) Transformation of the office. Journal of Corporate Real Estate . DOI

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to present an environmental psychological case study regarding an office design change. The employees of the researched company had the chance to decide whether to stay in the classic open office set-up or to switch to a shared desk supplemented by a one-day-a-week home office possibility. The authors examined the development of participants’ territorial behaviour and place attachment. Design/methodology/approach: The given organizational situation is a quasi-experimental design; the variables were examined via questionnaire in a longitudinal model. Quantitative measurement was supplemented with focus group discussions. Findings: The degree of personalization (a type of territorial behaviour) decreased significantly not only among those who lost their permanent workstations – as we expected – but also in the entire population. Workplace attachment stagnated for the entire population, but workstation attachment showed a significant decrease among those who switched to the shared desk. Research limitations/implications: The limitations and the advantages are also followed by the nature of a case study: high ecological validity with relatively low sample size. Practical implications: Redesigning an office is never just an economic or interior design issue, but a psychological one. This paper provides practical environmental psychological insights into implementing office designs without permanent individual workstations. Originality/value: This paper presents the environmental psychological background of shared desk design implementation. The authors point out the significance of repressing personalization behaviour and as per the authors’ knowledge, they are the first to introduce the concept of workstation attachment.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:office environment, territorial behaviour, personalization, workplace attachment, workstation attachment, shared desk design, office design change, case study
Subjects:Labour economics
ID Code:8221
Deposited By: MTMT SWORD
Deposited On:31 May 2023 07:49
Last Modified:31 May 2023 07:49

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