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Change communication: the impact on satisfaction with alternative workplace strategies

Melanie Bull (Centre for Facilities Management Development, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)
Tim Brown (Centre for Facilities Management Development, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)

Facilities

ISSN: 0263-2772

Article publication date: 24 February 2012

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Abstract

Purpose

Communication is fundamental to the facilities management (FM) role within organisations; especially when the FM department is implementing changes to the workplace. This paper aims to present an evaluation of an instance.

Design/methodology/approach

A self‐administered online questionnaire was used to collect quantitative and qualitative data. The research focused on responses to satisfaction with the communication methods rather than reviewing the merits of alternative workplace strategies.

Findings

Findings included the impact of communication on staff satisfaction levels, the need to provide timely and relevant information and communication via a range of mediums and the need to ensure there was opportunity to participate in meaningful feedback. The key findings are substantiated with existing internal communication and change literature.

Originality/value

The research highlights the practical importance of the need to improve communication within the FM industry and especially in change circumstances.

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Citation

Bull, M. and Brown, T. (2012), "Change communication: the impact on satisfaction with alternative workplace strategies", Facilities, Vol. 30 No. 3/4, pp. 135-151. https://doi.org/10.1108/02632771211202842

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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