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

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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; Lid Falkman, Lena ; Stenfors, Cecilia ; Seddigh, Aram; Osika, Walter; Stenström, Emma.

In: Scandinavian Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2019.

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T1 - Navigating the Activity Based Working Environment

T2 - Relationships of self-leadership, autonomy and information richness with cognitive stress and performance

AU - Bäcklander, Gisela

AU - Rosengren, Calle

AU - Lid Falkman, Lena

AU - Stenfors, Cecilia

AU - Seddigh, Aram

AU - Osika, Walter

AU - Stenström, Emma

PY - 2019

Y1 - 2019

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

U2 - 10.16993/sjwop.58

DO - 10.16993/sjwop.58

M3 - Article

VL - 4

JO - Scandinavian Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology

JF - Scandinavian Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology

SN - 2002-2867

IS - 1

ER -