Predictors of Preference for the Activity-based Flexible Office

  • Linda Rolfö
  • Helena Jahncke
  • Lisbeth Slunga Järvholm
  • Maria Öhrn
  • Maral Babapour
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 876)


Activity-based Flexible Offices (A-FOs) are implemented with varying degree of success. Employees relocate from cell or open-plan offices, from different organizational backgrounds, varying design and implementation processes, and have different types of work tasks. This study aims at investigating whether preference for the A-FO correlate with these preconditions. The results from Chi-square tests and Spearman’s non-parametric correlation of post-relocation questionnaires distributed to 11 A-FO sites, showed that a high preference for the A-FO correlated strongest with an A-FO preference prior to relocation, being a former open-plan office occupier and with frequent performance of innovation. Low preference for the A-FO correlated with frequent performance of concentration demanding tasks. Working with tasks with high confidentiality did not predict the preference ratings.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda Rolfö
    • 1
  • Helena Jahncke
    • 2
  • Lisbeth Slunga Järvholm
    • 3
  • Maria Öhrn
    • 3
  • Maral Babapour
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of ErgonomicsKTH Royal Institute of TechnologyHuddingeSweden
  2. 2.Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, Department of Occupational and Public Health SciencesUniversity of GävleGävleSweden
  3. 3.Department of Public Health and Clinical MedicineUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden
  4. 4.Department of Industrial and Materials ScienceChalmers University of TechnologyGothenburgSweden

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