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Bäcklander, G. & Richter, A. (2022). Relationships of Task–Environment Fit With Office Workers’ Concentration and Team Functioning in Activity-Based Working Environments. Environment and Behavior, 54(6), 971-1004
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2022 (English)In: Environment and Behavior, ISSN 0013-9165, E-ISSN 1552-390X, Vol. 54, no 6, p. 971-1004Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Task-Environment fit, a special case of Person-Environment fit, has been suggested as the central mechanism through which Activity-Based Working (ABW) Environments support productivity and employee wellbeing, here operationalized as team functioning and concentration troubles. We extend previous work in this space by testing the asymmetric effect (where deficient supply is worse than excess supply) usually assumed, with a new statistical approach-cubic polynomial regression-capable of such tests. The complex models gained only partial support and none for a strict congruence effect. Results are more in line with previous work on P-E fit showing that higher levels of needs met are more valuable, and with previous ABW work showing that the supply of suitable environments has the largest impact on outcomes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2022
Keywords
activity-based working, person-environment fit, response surface analysis, concentration, team functioning
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Occupational Health and Environmental Health
Research subject
Medicine/Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-7133 (URN)10.1177/00139165221115181 (DOI)000835018600001 ()
Funder
Knowledge Foundation, 20170116
Available from: 2022-09-20 Created: 2022-09-20 Last updated: 2022-09-20
Bäcklander, G., Fältén, R., Bodin Danielsson, C., Toivanen, S. & Richter, A. (2021). Development and Validation of a Multi-Dimensional Measure of Activity-Based Working Behaviors.. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, Article ID 655881.
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2021 (English)In: Frontiers in Psychology, E-ISSN 1664-1078, Vol. 12, article id 655881Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Most work on activity-based working centers on the physical environment and digital technologies enabling flexible working. While important, we believe the key components for implementing activity-based working are employee and manager behaviors. To measure the degree of enactment of activity-based work, based on workshops with experienced practitioners as well as previous literature, we have developed and validated a behavior-focused measure of activity-based working behaviors. In our initial sample (Sample 1, N = 234), three subscales were identified: task - environment crafting, workday planning, and social needs prioritization. In the replication sample (Sample 2, N = 434), this model also showed adequate fit. Moreover, task - environment crafting was related to general health and lower stress in sample 1 (multi-organization sample), but not in the single-organization sample (sample 2). Workday planning was associated with higher concentration in both samples and in the second sample with general health and work engagement; the latter was also related to social needs prioritization.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Frontiers Media S.A., 2021
Keywords
activity-based flexible office, activity-based working (ABW), crafting behaviors, flex office, office types, proactive work behaviors, scale development and validation, task-environment-fit
National Category
Occupational Health and Environmental Health
Research subject
Medicine/Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-6845 (URN)10.3389/fpsyg.2021.655881 (DOI)000715859800001 ()34744852 (PubMedID)
Funder
Knowledge Foundation, 20170116
Available from: 2021-11-09 Created: 2021-11-09 Last updated: 2022-02-10
Bentzen, M., Kenttä, G., Richter, A. & Lemyre, P.-N. (2020). Impact of Job Insecurity on Psychological Well- and Ill-Being among High Performance Coaches.. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(19), Article ID E6939.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Impact of Job Insecurity on Psychological Well- and Ill-Being among High Performance Coaches.
2020 (English)In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 17, no 19, article id E6939Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: The evaluative nature of high performance (HP) sport fosters performance expectations that can be associated with harsh scrutiny, criticism, and job insecurity. In this context, (HP) sport is described as a highly competitive, complex, and turbulent work environment. The aim of this longitudinal, quantitative study was to explore whether HP coaches' perceptions of job insecurity and job value incongruence in relation to work would predict their psychological well- and ill-being over time.

METHODS: HP coaches (n = 299) responded to an electronic questionnaire at the start, middle, and end of a competitive season, designed to measure the following: job insecurity, values, psychological well-being (vitality and satisfaction with work), and psychological ill-being (exhaustion and cynicism). Structural equation model analyses were conducted using Mplus.

RESULTS: Experiencing higher levels of job insecurity during the middle of the season significantly predicted an increase in coaches' psychological ill-being, and a decrease in their psychological well-being at the end of the season. However, value incongruence did not have a significant longitudinal impact.

CONCLUSIONS: These findings cumulatively indicate that coaches' perceptions of job insecurity matter to their psychological health at work. Consequently, it is recommended that coaches and organizations acknowledge and discuss how to handle job security within the HP sport context.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2020
Keywords
high performance coaches, job insecurity, psychological health, values
National Category
Psychology
Research subject
Social Sciences/Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-6322 (URN)10.3390/ijerph17196939 (DOI)000586536000001 ()32977389 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2020-10-05 Created: 2020-10-05 Last updated: 2020-12-14
Blom, V., Richter, A., Hallsten, L. & Svedberg, P. (2018). The associations between job insecurity, depressive symptoms and burnout: The role of performance-based self-esteem. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 39(1), 48-63
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The associations between job insecurity, depressive symptoms and burnout: The role of performance-based self-esteem
2018 (English)In: Economic and Industrial Democracy, ISSN 0143-831X, E-ISSN 1461-7099, Vol. 39, no 1, p. 48-63Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite agreement on the negative effects of job insecurity, more knowledge needs to be generated on the health effects in terms of burnout and depressive symptoms and for whom job insecurity has these negative effects. The present study aims to investigate the associations between job insecurity and burnout and depressive symptoms respectively, by studying the moderation influences of performance-based self-esteem (PBSE), a form of contingent self-esteem. A population-based sample with 4145 twins was used. The results showed that job insecurity was significantly associated with both burnout and depressive symptoms, and that PBSE acted as a moderator, so that the associations were stronger for individuals with high PBSE than for individuals with low PBSE. The study contributes by including a personality characteristic to gain more knowledge about the mechanisms of job insecurity on mental ill-health, and by illustrating that job insecurity has an impact on severe health outcomes in terms of burnout and depressive symptoms.

National Category
Psychology
Research subject
Social Sciences/Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-4215 (URN)10.1177/0143831X15609118 (DOI)000424049600004 ()
Available from: 2015-11-17 Created: 2015-11-17 Last updated: 2018-02-27Bibliographically approved
Richter, A., Näswall, K., Bernhard-Oettel, C. & Sverke, M. (2014). Job insecurity and well-being: The moderating role of job dependence.. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 23(6), 816-829
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Job insecurity and well-being: The moderating role of job dependence.
2014 (English)In: European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, ISSN 1359-432X, E-ISSN 1464-0643, Vol. 23, no 6, p. 816-829Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Job insecurity has become more relevant during the last decades as more flexibility from the workforce and organizations is demanded in the labour market. It has frequently been suggested that job insecurity is a more severe stressor for those who are more dependent on their job. The present study investigates the association between job insecurity and employee well-being by focusing on how employees’ dependence on the job moderates this relationship. Two types of financial dependence (subjective financial dependence and relative contribution to the household income) were studied, along with an indicator of a more psychological dependence on work in general (work involvement). In addition to this, both quantitative and qualitative job insecurity were included. The proposed relations were tested in a sample of Swedish accountancy firm employees. The results of moderated hierarchical regression analyses showed that subjective financial dependence, household contribution, and work involvement moderated the relation between both job insecurity dimensions and job satisfaction. No moderations were found with mental well-being as an outcome. This implies that the extent to which someone depends on their job is important for how job insecurity relates to job satisfaction.

Keywords
Job security, Labor supply, Labor market, Job satisfaction, Income, Regression analysis, Well-being, Financial job dependence, Moderating effect, Qualitative job insecurity, Quantitative job insecurity
National Category
Psychology
Research subject
Social Sciences/Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-3557 (URN)10.1080/1359432X.2013.805881 (DOI)
Available from: 2014-11-14 Created: 2014-11-14 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Richter, A., Naswall, K., De Cuyper, N., Sverke, M., De Witte, H. & Hellgren, J. (2013). Coping with job insecurity: Exploring effects on perceived health and organizational attitudes. Career Development International, 18(5), 484-502
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2013 (English)In: Career Development International, ISSN 1362-0436, E-ISSN 1758-6003, Vol. 18, no 5, p. 484-502Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - The purpose of the present paper is to investigate how employees' coping (problem, emotion and avoidance focused coping) may affect the reactions to job insecurity. Because the coping investigated in the present study addresses the stressor in different ways, the authors expect different moderating effects depending on the type of coping, which results in three different hypotheses.Design/methodology/approach - A sample of 579 Swedish accountants was used to test these hypotheses via surveys.Findings - The findings support the authors' assumptions that emotion focused coping weakened the relation of job insecurity and some of the outcomes. Both avoidance and problem focused coping strengthened the relation between job insecurity and some of the outcomes.Research limitations/implications - As this study utilizes cross-sectional data and only one occupational group, it is important to test the relations using longitudinal data with different occupational groups in future research.Practical implications - From these results some practical conclusions can be drawn as to which coping forms might be more beneficial, which can be helpful for organizations in order to develop intervention programs.Originality/value - This study expanded the understanding of coping in the context of job insecurity by testing different forms of coping and including a variety of important outcomes of job insecurity.

National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Social Sciences/Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-3207 (URN)10.1108/CDI-06-2013-0081 (DOI)
Available from: 2014-01-22 Created: 2014-01-22 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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