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From cell and flex offices to hybrid offices: how is the work environment, health and productivity affected?

Research project – A follow up on the AktiKon study.

The project focuses on how hybrid work affects the work environment, health, productivity, and possibilities for adaptation for people with disabilities. We will also develop a tool that can be used in workplaces to map and evaluate how well hybrid work and the office environment functions from a work environmental perspective. The results from the project will increase the knowledge for how to manage the Occupational Health and Safety aspects during hybrid work.

Head of project

Viktoria Wahlström
Research fellow

Project overview

Project period:

Start date: 2023-03-01

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå School of Architecture

External funding

Afa Försäkring

Project description

The Corona pandemic resulted in major changes in how we want to, can and will organise and work in the service sector. The transition to working from home during the pandemic resulted in an extensive digital transformation in work life. Many organisations are now trying to find forms for hybrid working methods, but knowledge of how the work environment, health and productivity are affected is limited.
Through this project, we can fill some of the knowledge gaps. From the previous AOD-study (Active Office Design study) , we have access to data from before the pandemic and now have the opportunity to do a follow-up of the same organisation.

Research Questions

  1. How does the transition to hybrid work affect the work environment, health, internal collaboration and productivity?
  2. How is the work environment for people with disabilities affected by hybrid work, and how are adaptations implemented?
  3. How can employers systematically evaluate how well the premises match the needs of the employees and the organisation?

External funding

Latest update: 2023-02-16