Environmental and Intrapersonal Predictors of Reactions to Potential Territorial Intrusions in the Workplace
Environment and Behavior
246 clerical and secretarial workers from 2 midsize universities and 47 from 4 small nonuniversity work places completed a questionnaire regarding reactions to potential workspace invasions. Results from regression analyses indicated that for all 3 samples, predictors of negative reactions to potential workspace invasions were (1) the degree to which workers minded taking directions about their jobs from someone other than a supervisor and (2) sensitivity to personal space invasions in general. In addition, resistance to a permanent workspace change predicted invasion reactions for both university groups, whereas having fewer co-workers sharing an office predicted invasionreactions for nonuniversity workers. Results are discussed in terms of control models of territoriality.
work environment & demographic & individual characteristics, reactions to potential workplace territorial invasions, clerical & secretarial personnel
Neil Wollman, Benita M. Kelly, and Kenneth S. Bordens (1994).
Environmental and Intrapersonal Predictors of Reactions to Potential Territorial Intrusions in the Workplace. Environment and Behavior.26 (2), 179-194.