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Feel well and do well at work: A post-relocation study on the relationships between employee wellbeing and office landscape

Antonio Cobaleda Cordero (Department of Industrial and Materials Science, Division Design and Human Factors, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Maral Babapour (Department of Industrial and Materials Science, Division Design and Human Factors, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)
MariAnne Karlsson (Department of Industrial and Materials Science, Division Design and Human Factors, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)

Journal of Corporate Real Estate

ISSN: 1463-001X

Article publication date: 7 June 2019

Issue publication date: 30 April 2020

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate employee well-being in relation to office landscapes in a post-relocation context. The aims are to identify spatial attributes of the office landscape that influence employee well-being and underlying contextual factors that explain employee well-being post-relocation.

Design/methodology/approach

A mixed-method approach was adopted. The data collection involved 16 semi-structured interviews with employees, an interview with the leading architect of the office renovation, study of a dossier on the renovation project and observations.

Findings

Most of the informants experienced the new office landscape positively despite few shortcomings. Spatial attributes were identified that influenced the informants’ well-being positively in terms of affects, satisfaction, social relations and environmental mastery. Conversely, negative influences on well-being were also reported regarding affects, satisfaction and environmental mastery. Conflicting views on some of the spatial attributes and contextual factors related to the planning process and the former office landscape were identified.

Originality/value

The value of this paper lies in investigating the office landscape at the spatial attributes level, despite office type, and their influence on hedonic and eudaimonic components of employee well-being. The research approach adopted proved its usefulness for in-depth studies of the interrelations between office landscapes and employee well-being.

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Acknowledgements

This research was partly funded by Formas, the Swedish governmental research council for sustainable development. The research work presented in this paper builds on previous investigations carried out as part of the project Smart and Sustainable Offices (SSO). The authors of this paper thank the participants for the time dedicated and the insights shared.

Citation

Cobaleda Cordero, A., Babapour, M. and Karlsson, M. (2020), "Feel well and do well at work: A post-relocation study on the relationships between employee wellbeing and office landscape", Journal of Corporate Real Estate, Vol. 22 No. 2, pp. 113-137. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCRE-01-2019-0002

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