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Front and Backstage in the Workplace: An Explorative Case Study on Activity Based Working and Employee Perceptions of Control over Work-related Demands

Front and Backstage in the Workplace: An Explorative Case Study on Activity Based Working and Employee Perceptions of Control over Work-related Demands

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Purpose The ability of employees to handle work-related demands, structure their own work and manage workflow is highly important in today’s complex organisations. This paper aims to explore the impact of the office environment on employees’ ability to control interaction, structure their own work processes and handle work-related demands. The focus is on the influence of the physical premises, especially on how work within private, privileged and public work zones may affect perceptions of, and possibilities to control, customer interactions and other work-related demands. Design/methodology/approach The paper is based on a qualitative case study of a Norwegian finance corporation. The core method was semi-structured interviews, carried out with 29 employees and managers. The triangulated research design included observations, field notes, user logs and document analyses. Findings The findings indicate that, in a customer-centred work process, separate zones for customer-related work and for internal work provide employees with increased scope to handle work demands and perceive control in their work. Zoning helped structure the workflow and provided employees with new resources in customer interaction and other work tasks. Originality/value Broadening the focus on environmental control and work-related demands from individual coping to social interaction may provide more insight into factors influencing work processes and employee well-being in emerging workplace concepts.
Språk
Engelsk
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Institusjon(er)
  • Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet
  • SINTEF Teknologi og samfunn / Anvendt økonomi
År
2016
Publisert i
Journal of Facilities Management
ISSN
1472-5967
Årgang
14
Hefte nr.
2
Side(r)
188 - 202