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Measurements of workplace productivity in the office context: A systematic review and current industry insights

Brandon Bortoluzzi (Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada)
Daniel Carey (Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada)
J.J. McArthur (Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada)
Carol Menassa (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA)

Journal of Corporate Real Estate

ISSN: 1463-001X

Article publication date: 10 October 2018

Issue publication date: 8 November 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present a comprehensive survey of workplace productivity key performance indicators (KPIs) used in the office context. Academic literature from the past 10 years has been systematically reviewed and contextualized through a series of expert interviews.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors present a systematic review of the literature to identify KPIs and methods of workplace productivity measurement, complemented by insights semi-structured interviews to inform a framework for a benchmarking tool. In total, 513 papers published since 2007 were considered, of which 98 full-length papers were reviewed, and 20 were found to provide significant insight and are summarized herein.

Findings

Currently, no consensus exists on a single KPI suitable for measuring workplace productivity in an office environment, although qualitative questionnaires are more widely adopted than quantitative tools. The diversity of KPIs used in published studies indicates that a multidimensional approach would be the most appropriate for knowledge-worker productivity measurement. Expert interviews further highlighted a shift from infrequent, detailed evaluation to frequent, simplified reporting across human resource functions and this context is important for future tool development.

Originality/value

This paper provides a summary of significant work on workplace productivity measurement and KPI development over the past 10 years. This follows up on the comprehensive review by B. Haynes (2007a), providing an updated perspective on research in this field with additional insights from expert interviews.

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Citation

Bortoluzzi, B., Carey, D., McArthur, J.J. and Menassa, C. (2018), "Measurements of workplace productivity in the office context: A systematic review and current industry insights", Journal of Corporate Real Estate, Vol. 20 No. 4, pp. 281-301. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCRE-10-2017-0033

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