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Physical work environment in an activity-based flex office: a longitudinal case study
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Section of Sustainable Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4656-7606
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå School of Architecture.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Section of Physiotherapy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2402-562x
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2024 (English)In: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, ISSN 0340-0131, E-ISSN 1432-1246Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Objective: This study aimed to investigate and explore Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) management, office ergonomics, and musculoskeletal symptoms in a group of office workers relocating from cell offices to activity-based flex offices (AFOs).

Methods: The analysis was based on qualitative interview data with 77 employees and longitudinal questionnaire data from 152 employees.

Results: Results indicate that there was a need to clarify roles and processes related to the management of OHS. Self-rated sit comfort, working posture, and availability of daylight deteriorated and symptoms in neck and shoulders increased after the relocation and seemed to be influenced by many factors, such as difficulties adjusting the workstations, the availability of suitable workplaces, and age, sex, and individual needs.

Conclusion: Research on the long-term effects of physical work environments and management of (OHS) issues after implementing activity-based flex offices is sparse. This study demonstrates the importance of planning and organising OHS issue management when implementing an AFO, and to carefully implement office ergonomics among office workers.

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Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2024.
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Ergonomics, Flexible office, Occupational health and safety, Office design, Office workers, Work environment
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Occupational Health and Environmental Health Work Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-224920DOI: 10.1007/s00420-024-02073-zScopus ID: 2-s2.0-85193300750OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-224920DiVA, id: diva2:1864178
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AFA Insurance, 140308, 2014Region VästerbottenAvailable from: 2024-06-03 Created: 2024-06-03 Last updated: 2024-06-03

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Wahlström, ViktoriaÖhrn, MariaHarder, MetteEskilsson, ThereseFjellman-Wiklund, AnncristinePettersson-Strömbäck, Anita

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