Use profiles in Activity-based Flexible Offices – A case study
Paper in proceeding, 2017

The aim of this paper is to investigate whether the users in an Activity-based flexible office follow the intended desk-sharing policy, and further explore if any use patterns emerge regarding workstation choices and preferences. Survey data was collected at a case organisation in Sweden. From all the 66 employees that had been relocated and received the survey electronically, 46 respondents completed the survey. The majority of the respondents followed the desk-sharing policy and did not claim workstations. Motives for switching workstations and workstation choices were related to the nature of respondents’ activities (e.g. temporal conditions), as well as their preferences.

use patterns

Activity-based workplaces (ABW)

use profiles

desk-sharing policy

non-territorial offices

office design

flexible workspace


office layout


Maral Babapour Chafi

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Design and Human Factors

Anna-Lisa Osvalder

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Design and Human Factors

Nordic Ergonomics Society (NES2017) Conference Proceedings; A-L. Osvalder, M. Blomé, and H. Bodnar (Eds.), 20-23 August, Lund. p. 197-204. (2017)

978-91-7753-152-4 (ISBN)

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Driving Forces

Sustainable development



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