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Effects of relocation to activity-based workplaces on perceived productivity: importance of change-oriented leadership
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational Health Science and Psychology, Occupational Health Science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9612-3766
Faculty of Health and Well-being, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational Health Science and Psychology, Occupational Health Science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7322-9346
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational Health Science and Psychology, Occupational Health Science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6668-5044
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2021 (English)In: Applied Ergonomics, ISSN 0003-6870, E-ISSN 1872-9126, Vol. 93, p. 10-16, article id 103348Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Activity-based workplaces (ABWs) are becoming popular in Western countries and were implemented at four office sites of a large Swedish government agency. A fifth office was used as a control group. The study aim was to examine the effects of relocation to ABW on perceived productivity among employees and to determine if perceived change-oriented leadership behavior prior to relocation moderates potential effects. Data were collected three months prior to relocation, and three and 12 months after. 407 respondents were included in linear mixed regression models. Perceived productivity decreased significantly after relocation compared to the control group and these effects persisted 12 months after the relocation. However, the decrease in perceived productivity was significantly smaller among employees perceiving high change-oriented leadership before relocation. Our results point out the importance of a change-oriented leadership behavior during the implementation to avoid productivity loss among employees when implementing ABWs.

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Elsevier , 2021. Vol. 93, p. 10-16, article id 103348
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Flexible office; Implementation process; Organisational change
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Occupational Health and Environmental Health
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Health-Promoting Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-30121DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2020.103348ISI: 000633160900007PubMedID: 33497955Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85099804827OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-30121DiVA, id: diva2:1328164
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Swedish Transport Administration, 2015/118Available from: 2019-06-20 Created: 2019-06-20 Last updated: 2021-08-16Bibliographically approved

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