As with productivity, the available research on health The data from Leesman shows that the mobile is based on self-reported ratings rather than actualemployees in an ABW office feel more productive measurements of peoples well-being. So, hard data isthan their sedentary colleagues. In their data, Leesman distinguish between four mobility missing thus far. But there are some studies that indicateprofiles. The percentage of people who agree with that ABW offices (and cell offices) scoring higher on healththe statement that their office helps them to be than open-plan offices. 49One explanation for this may liemore productive is different for each profile. 52in the increased sense of personal control over the workProfile Increased productivity environment that can come with ABW. Another possibleagreementexplanation may lie in the notion that the ABW conceptThe camper / squatter 42%promotes motion and change of posture. There is anWorks in a single work setting, rarely using other Australian study in which employees reported reducedsettings in the officesitting time (by 14%) and increased time spent standing (11%) and walking (3%). 50It should be said, however, thatThe timid traveller 55%Uses a single work setting, there are also studies that suggest that the conceptsoccasionally tries other impact on sitting behaviour is marginal. 51locations within the officeThe intrepid explorer 60%More suitable for some jobs than for others Uses a single work setting, but often uses other ABW seems to favour high-end office jobs: job types thatlocations within the officecome with a high level of autonomy, task diversity, mobility The true transient 67%and interaction. Think project managers and policy makersMoves around. Rarely rather than administrative workers or help desk employees.bases him/herself in a single location within the Data from Leesman shows that people who have aofficecomplex activity profile (lots of different tasks) regard ABW as more effective than people with a simpler activity profile (little diversity in tasks). 53Dutch research points in a similar direction, showing that satisfaction ratings are highest among employees whose work is characterized by high levels of interaction and autonomy. 54This makes sense because such traits are in line with ABWs philosophy of self-managing employees who make their own decisions about when and where to work.More suitable for some people than for othersIn addition to the job characteristics discussed above, peoples personal preferences and personality traits may play an important role in their perception of the work environment. Dutch research indicates that peoples personal need for privacy (PNP) is a key factor in determining their satisfaction with ABW. 55 Freely interpreted: some peoples brains are wired in such a way that they dont mind the interruptions and distractions in a buzzing office, while others cannot concentrate and become nervous and ultimately frustrated in such environments. Not surprisingly, the latter group is moreMobile workers are happier with ABW than their critical of activity-based working than the first. Othersedentary colleagues.personality traitssuch as degrees of introversion or extroversionare also likely to play a role, but there isno data available on this matter in relation to ABW. 56, 5729