Redesigning the Workspace to propel Social Interaction: “Open” Workspace Plan for Productivity and Employee Wellness

Authors : Mercedes Priscila Ada Asumu Mangue; Essah Paulina Adobea; Augustine Sarfo; Abdul Razak Adamu

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 1 - January

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The physical environment influences the well-being and has a direct impact on how efficiently workers perform at the workplace. It is commonly assumed that employees who are content with their environment will work very effectively in general. The physical characteristics of the workplace environment have been repeatedly proven to have a major impact on employee conduct, perceptions, and performance. Previous studies on the impact of office design on consequences connected to the workplace have mostly been hypothetical and have produced varied and contradictory results. In addition to the social interfering theory's description of personal responses to office design modifications, we argue that employees’ impressions of the larger work environment serve as a mediating factor in the link between office redesign and organizational commitment. Inside a financial services business, the effects of an office makeover that reduced workspace while increasing impressions of organizational culture and work-related attitudes are explored. The findings show that workers in the remodelled office environment reported lesser workspace and greater interruptions compared to individuals who continued to work in a cubicle layout, but that this outcome was limited by age group. With no age-moderating effects, staff members who were relocated to the newly renovated area expressed more positive evaluations of the culture and attitudes about their jobs. When findings are considered collectively, they support the hypothesis that redesigning offices is a successful method for bringing about organizational transformation.The primary goal of this manuscript is to review literature published in the last two decades on office workspace redesign and its impact on worker productivity and well-being. Also, a review and discussion of the "open" workspace plan as the future office plan for enhancing office collaboration and promoting social interaction among employees. Furthermore, the advantages and disadvantages of novel office space designs are duly elaborated.

Keywords : Workspace; Redesign; Employees’ commitment; “Open” workspace; Employee performance.


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