Publication type: Conference other
Type of review: Peer review (abstract)
Title: Do changes in the work environment predict changes in privacy appraisal and associated outcomes? : a longitudinal study
Authors: Weber, Clara
Gatersleben, Birgitta
et. al: No
Conference details: Transdisciplinary Workplace Research (TWR) Conference, Frankfurt, Germany, 16-19 September 2020
Issue Date: 2020
Language: English
Subjects: Privacy; Cognitive appraisal; Office design; Work fatigue; Work satisfaction
Subject (DDC): 150: Psychology
331: Labor economics
Abstract: Introduction: Privacy fit is a frequently reported issue in open office environments, yet its context predictors and its consequences remain understudied. Theory: To investigate these points, this study builds on Altman’s (1975) privacy regulation model and the cognitive appraisal theory (Folkman & Lazarus, 1985) as a transactional model of stress. It focuses on the fit between workers’ desired and achieved levels of privacy and on the appraisal of privacy fit and its stressful nature. Methods: This research was designed to examine context predictors of change in privacy fit and coping appraisal, as well as changes in the consequences of privacy fit during an office move. Data was collected over two points of measurement from 61 office workers who moved from a standard open-plan office to an office that is activity-based. The first questionnaire was distributed six weeks prior to the office move and the follow-up questionnaire approximately eight months after. With its longitudinal design, this study extends past research by demonstrating the changing nature of privacy fit and revealing predictors of change in privacy fit and coping appraisal. Results: Cross-lagged autoregression analysis of change confirmed suggested predictors such as increase in variety of settings and in adherence of others to protocols that positively influenced post-move privacy fit. Further, change in coping appraisal post-move was predicted by an increase in perceived environmental and behavioural flexibility. Changes in privacy fit and appraisal were associated with increases in job and workplace satisfaction and decreases in emotional and mental work fatigue post-move. Originality/Value: Results could inform physical workplace design as well as cultural interventions in organisations. To our knowledge, this is the first study investigating the psychological process of privacy experience by using a transactional model of stress.
Further description: Oral Presentation
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Facility Management (IFM)
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