|M.Sc Student||Melamed Rachel|
|Subject||Design Means to Regulate Office Workspace Privacy|
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisor||Ms. Rachel Sebba|
The aim of this research is to examine the connection between the physical design of the workplace and the employees’ feelings. It focuses on the elements of design means that contribute to privacy regulation in the office workplace. The research examines the subject from a wide perspective, incorporating physical, social-behavioral and organizational aspects. The central hypotheses of the research determine:
1. Privacy in the workplace is essential (there is a demand for privacy).
2. The extent of the employee’s privacy is influenced by:
a) The details of the immediate physical surroundings of the workstation
b) Role requirements
c) Management policy
In order to examine the research hypotheses, we chose a company with branches in various locations in Israel where the employees have identical job specifications at equal salaries. The working environment and employee work conditions in three different types of roles, their behavior and feelings were examined systematically in three different branches. The findings revealed that privacy is essential to the employees and that they are aware of the factors that affect their privacy. Furthermore, the extent of privacy enjoyed by the employees is influenced by physical, social, behavioral and organizational factors. The difference in the level of employee privacy is expressed in the degree of control of the work environment when that is the direct result of physical design, role demands and management policy. It must be stated that the size of the workstation area did not influence the sense of privacy enjoyed by the employees.