The ‘New World of Work’ and Innovative Employee Behaviour: A Quantitative Analysis

De Spiegelaere, S., Van Gyes, G., Benders, J., Van Hootegem, G., (2015) The ‘New world of Work’ and innovative employee behaviour: a quantitative analysis. Travail Emploi Formation (13), 140-155.

16 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2015

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Stan De Spiegelaere

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Guy Van Gyes

KU Leuven - HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society

Jos Benders

Radboud University Nijmegen - Nijmegen School of Management

Geert Van Hootegem

KU Leuven - Department of Sociology

Date Written: October 2015

Abstract

Although the ‘New world of Work’ (Nouveau Monde du Travail - Het Nieuw Werken) is a popular topic in current HR literature, empirical research on its effectiveness is lacking. This article studies the impact of this ‘New world of Work’ on the innovative work behaviour (IWB) of employees. We distinguish between four major principles of the New world of Work: (1) time- and place-independent work, (2) self-management work, (3) free access and circulation of knowledge and information and (4) flexible employment relations. Using survey data of 927 employees from five different sectors (banking, social sector, retail, hotels & restaurants and chemical industry), we perform a multiple regression analysis to test which aspects of the New world of Work are related to the innovative behaviour of employees. The results show that the New world of Work principles have only a limited capability in explaining the innovative behaviour of employees. While working from home relates positively to IWB, this is not so for flexible working hours and autonomy over the time schedule. The largest effects stem from the second principle ‘self-management work’. Further, the analysis shows that flexible employment relations stand in very weak or even negative relation to the IWB.

Keywords: Innovative Work Behaviour, Employee Creativity, New World of Work

Suggested Citation

De Spiegelaere, Stan and Van Gyes, Guy and Benders, Jos and Hootegem, Geert Van, The ‘New World of Work’ and Innovative Employee Behaviour: A Quantitative Analysis (October 2015). De Spiegelaere, S., Van Gyes, G., Benders, J., Van Hootegem, G., (2015) The ‘New world of Work’ and innovative employee behaviour: a quantitative analysis. Travail Emploi Formation (13), 140-155., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2682002

Stan De Spiegelaere (Contact Author)

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

Guy Van Gyes

KU Leuven - HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society ( email )

Parkstraat 47
Leuven, BE3000
Belgium

Jos Benders

Radboud University Nijmegen - Nijmegen School of Management ( email )

Thomas van Aquinostraat 3
P.O. Box 9108
Nijmegen, 6500HK
Netherlands

Geert Van Hootegem

KU Leuven - Department of Sociology ( email )

Belgium

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