Journal article

Spaces That Signal Identity Improve Workplace Productivity

Katharine H Greenaway, Hannibal A Thai, S Alexander Haslam, Sean C Murphy

JOURNAL OF PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGY | HOGREFE & HUBER PUBLISHERS | Published : 2016

Abstract

The physical spaces we inhabit have a profound impact on psychological functioning. People generally experience positive outcomes in spaces that support important identities and negative outcomes in spaces that threaten those identities. We investigated the effects of working in an ingroup or outgroup space on organizational performance. Participants completed exercises in a simulated work environment as a member of a research education development (RED) work team. The office space was designed to be identity affirming (decorated by a RED team), identity threatening (decorated by a rival business legacy usability and engineering [BLUE] team), or undecorated. Work teams performed better in bo..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Preparation of this paper was facilitated by awards to Katharine H. Greenaway and S. Alexander Haslam from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research: Social Interactions, Identity, and Well-being Program. The authors would like to thank Nicholas Williams and Jason Weiss for their assistance in data collection.