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User preferences of office occupiers: investigating the differences

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-97
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Corporate Real Estate
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2011
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


Purpose The work environment has been identified to influence employee satisfaction and work performance. In order to develop and provide work environments that meet the preferences of as many employees as possible, more information about user preferences and possible preference differences between different kinds of users is required. The purpose of this paper is to increase the understanding concerning office users' work environment preferences. The aim is to investigate whether there are differences in the preferences of office users based on their age, gender, their mobility, and whether they work individually or with others. Design/methodology/approach Office users' work environment preferences are studied through a survey directed to office employees. Statistical analysis is used in order to identify work environment preference differences between respondents of different age, gender, and the way they work. Findings The results indicate that there are differences between office users' work environment preferences concerning some characteristics of the work environment. The results show that the preferences vary both based on demographic issues such as age and gender as well as based on how they work. Research limitations/implications The research is limited to the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Finland, so the cultural context has to be taken into account when generalising the results. Originality/value The paper provides several stakeholders, such as user organisations, designers, consultants, and investors, valuable information on what kind of work environments office users prefer.


  • Demographics, Employees, Finland, Office layout