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Relocation to Activity-Based Workplaces (ABW)—Importance of the Implementation Process

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Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational Health Sciences and Psychology, University of Gavle, 801 76 Gävle, Sweden
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Centre for Research and Development, Region Gavleborg/Uppsala University, 801 87 Gävle, Sweden
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Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, 751 23 Uppsala, Sweden
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(21), 11456; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111456
Received: 5 October 2021 / Revised: 27 October 2021 / Accepted: 28 October 2021 / Published: 30 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Occupational Safety and Health)
Activity-based workplaces (ABW) have been implemented in many organizations to offer office flexibility and decrease facility costs. Evaluations of the ABW implementation process are rare. The study aimed to examine the ABW relocation process of two offices in a Swedish governmental agency and to explore factors that influence the implementation process and satisfaction with it. Qualitative or quantitative data were collected on process variables (context, recruitment, reach, dose delivered, dose received, satisfaction), barriers and facilitators to the process were explored in focus group interviews, and immediate outcomes (perceived knowledge, understanding office rules, satisfying information and support) were measured by questionnaire before and after the relocation. The evaluation showed that recruitment was unsatisfactory and reach insufficient—and participation in activities was thus low for both offices. However, intended changes improved. Unclear aims of ABW, lack of manager support and, lack of communication were some of the reported barriers to participation, while a well-planned process, work groups, and program activities were facilitators. Thus, to increase satisfaction with the relocation, our results suggest that recruitment should be thoroughly planned, taking these factors into account to increase participation. This knowledge may be useful for planning and designing successful ABW relocations and evaluations. View Full-Text
Keywords: activity-based flexible office; organizational intervention; implementation; working environment; office design activity-based flexible office; organizational intervention; implementation; working environment; office design
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Bergsten, E.L.; Wijk, K.; Hallman, D.M. Relocation to Activity-Based Workplaces (ABW)—Importance of the Implementation Process. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 11456. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111456

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Bergsten EL, Wijk K, Hallman DM. Relocation to Activity-Based Workplaces (ABW)—Importance of the Implementation Process. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(21):11456. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111456

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Bergsten, Eva L., Katarina Wijk, and David M. Hallman. 2021. "Relocation to Activity-Based Workplaces (ABW)—Importance of the Implementation Process" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 21: 11456. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111456

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