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Navigating the Activity Based Working Environment : Relationships of self-leadership, autonomy and information richness with cognitive stress and performance

Bäcklander, Gisela; Rosengren, Calle LU ; Lid Falkman, Lena ; Stenfors, Cecilia ; Seddigh, Aram; Osika, Walter and Stenström, Emma (2018) In Scandinavian Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Abstract
In Activity Based Working Environment (ABWE) offices, employees are allowed increased autonomy and are expected to choose where, when, with whom, and to some degree with what, to work; in other words, employees are expected to self-lead to a higher degree and to coordinateand align with colleagues. Effectsof these expectations on employees’cognitive stress and performanceare understudied. In the present study, Swedish ABWE workers (N= 416) are compared with workers in cell offices (N= 30) and landscape offices (N=64), and relationships of self-leadership, information richness, and autonomy with cognitive stress and performance were examined using ... (More)
In Activity Based Working Environment (ABWE) offices, employees are allowed increased autonomy and are expected to choose where, when, with whom, and to some degree with what, to work; in other words, employees are expected to self-lead to a higher degree and to coordinateand align with colleagues. Effectsof these expectations on employees’cognitive stress and performanceare understudied. In the present study, Swedish ABWE workers (N= 416) are compared with workers in cell offices (N= 30) and landscape offices (N=64), and relationships of self-leadership, information richness, and autonomy with cognitive stress and performance were examined using regression analysis. Results show no relationship between office typeand outcomes. For cognitive stress, information richness had the largest negative relationship, followed by self-leadership:goal-settingand autonomy. For performance, self-leadership:goal-settinghad the largest positive relationship, followed by information richness.This suggests that when organizational situations cannot be strongly structured–for examplebecause the best work process is not known, or innovation or different collaboration constellations are needed–they need instead to be enrichedso that employee orientation and coordinationdo not become too much of a burden on the individual employee, disruptingcognitive functioning and performance. (Less)
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  abstract     = {In  Activity  Based  Working  Environment  (ABWE)  offices,  employees  are  allowed  increased  autonomy  and  are  expected  to  choose  where,  when,  with  whom,  and  to  some  degree  with  what,  to  work;  in  other  words,  employees  are  expected  to  self-lead  to  a  higher  degree  and  to  coordinateand  align  with  colleagues.  Effectsof  these  expectations  on  employees’cognitive  stress  and  performanceare  understudied.  In  the  present  study,  Swedish  ABWE  workers  (N=  416)  are  compared  with  workers  in  cell  offices  (N=  30)  and  landscape  offices  (N=64),  and  relationships  of  self-leadership,  information  richness,  and  autonomy  with  cognitive  stress  and  performance  were  examined  using  regression  analysis.  Results  show  no  relationship  between  office  typeand  outcomes.  For  cognitive  stress,  information  richness  had  the  largest  negative  relationship,  followed  by  self-leadership:goal-settingand  autonomy.  For  performance,  self-leadership:goal-settinghad  the  largest  positive  relationship,  followed  by  information  richness.This  suggests  that  when  organizational  situations  cannot  be  strongly  structured–for  examplebecause  the  best  work  process  is  not  known,  or  innovation  or  different  collaboration  constellations  are  needed–they  need  instead  to  be  enrichedso  that  employee  orientation  and  coordinationdo  not  become  too  much  of  a  burden  on  the  individual  employee,  disruptingcognitive  functioning  and  performance.},
  author       = {Bäcklander, Gisela and Rosengren, Calle and Lid Falkman, Lena  and Stenfors, Cecilia  and Seddigh, Aram and Osika, Walter and Stenström, Emma},
  issn         = {2002-2867},
  language     = {eng},
  series       = {Scandinavian Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology},
  title        = {Navigating the Activity Based Working Environment : Relationships of self-leadership, autonomy and information richness with cognitive stress and performance},
  year         = {2018},
}