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Title: The emergence of deviant behaviors in the physical work environment: a study of workers in open offices
Authors: Zoghbi Manrique Lara, Pablo 
Sharifiatashgah, Maryamsadat
UNESCO Clasification: 531104 Organización de recursos humanos
Keywords: Employee reactions
Relaciones laborales
Puesto de trabajo
Issue Date: 2019
Journal: International Journal of Manpower 
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is twofold: first, the relationship between crowding perceptions (i.e. employees' perceptions of insufficient personal space due to offices' physical constraints) and deviant workplace behaviors (DWBs) directed at both the organization as a whole (DWB-O) and individuals (DWB-I); and second, privacy invasion from supervisors and peers as a mediator. Design/methodology/approach Data were collected from 299 respondents working in open-plan offices at four medium-to-large sized IT-based companies. Drawing on conservation of resources theory, the paper suggests that under crowding conditions employees can perceive the physical workspace as a space-related resource that is threatened leading them to engage in DWBs out of a conservation strategy. Findings Structural equation modeling results significantly supported main effects of employees' crowding perceptions on the two types of DWBs, with privacy invasion from supervisors and peers as full mediator.
ISSN: 0143-7720
DOI: 10.1108/IJM-09-2018-0307
Source: International Journal Of Manpower[ISSN 0143-7720],v. 40 (5), p. 1012-1026
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