Utilizing flexible work arrangements – for the good of the employee or the organization?
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Utilizing flexible work arrangements – for the good of the employee or the organization?

When talking about the use of flexible work arrangements, we most often seem to think that they are utilized for the good of the individual employees. That is, flexibility makes balancing the demands of work and personal life easier: It helps working parents to take care of work responsibilities and childcare, it makes time-consuming hobbies … Continue reading

Is it a bank or a coffee shop?
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Is it a bank or a coffee shop?

For decades the café has been a place for social interaction and debate. Only recently, the coffee shops have increasingly considered temporary working locations by workers. During our observational studies and interviews we discovered that teleworkers do not always like their traditional work environments. The offices do not seem to be particularly attractive or comfortable. … Continue reading

Fitting human and organizational needs into the same room: a perspective on office personalization
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Fitting human and organizational needs into the same room: a perspective on office personalization

Guest blog post by Riikka Manninen, CityWorkLife project trainee The inconsistencies of everyday life at the office create heated discussions among the workers themselves – but also among academic researchers. Change is a common word heard in the corridors and meeting rooms of office buildings. Change is happening in the intangible world steering businesses and … Continue reading

Contradictions surrounding telework: Advantages and challenges for the employee and organization.
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Contradictions surrounding telework: Advantages and challenges for the employee and organization.

Workplace flexibility has received considerable attention in recent years, nurturing a discussion about the potential benefits and drawbacks from flexible work. Many are the promises, but so are also the challenges. Dr. Sebastian Boell (at University of Sydney Business School) and his colleagues lay out on the table advantages, challenges and contradictions of the transformative nature … Continue reading