The impact of workplaces and self-management practices on the productivity of knowledge workers

Miikka Palvalin, Theo van der Voordt, Tuuli Jylhä
  • Journal of Facilities Management, September 2017, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/jfm-03-2017-0010

The impact of workplaces and self-management practices on the productivity of knowledge workers

What is it about?

This paper aims to explore the impact of (1) workplaces, which support concentration and communication, and (2) self-management practices on individual and team productivity. The underlying hypothesis is that the impact of these variables on the two levels of productivity (individual and team) and the two dimensions of productivity (quantity and quality) may be different. The findings show that self-management practices have a larger impact on the quality and quantity of individual output and the quantity of team output than workplaces for communication and concentration. Improving self-management skills is key to increase all productivity dimensions and in particular the quality of the output. The findings suggest that collaboration between different disciplines – corporate management, corporate real estate management, human resource management and IT – is needed to optimize individual and team productivity.

Why is it important?

This paper explores work environment experiences of Finnish office workers and connects both workplace appraisal and work practices to perceived productivity support, on individual level and team level. It also adds insights into the different impacts on quantity and quality.

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