Introduction: The time spend by the Romanians at the workplace is continuously growing, the actual length of the working week for employees was up to 41.6 hours per week in 2006 from 40.5 hours per week in 2000 (`Labour force in Romania. Employment and Unemployment` survey, `Forţa de muncă în România. Ocupare şi şomaj`, AMIGO), situation that raises the question of whether the conditions that Romanian employees experience at work influence their well-being and satisfaction in work.

Since 1980, the inquiry of how people experience environmental conditions at work has grown, but still there is not enough evidence that reflects the value of well-being and job satisfaction of the Romanian workers. The fact that the study will be on the Romanian employed population is novel, since the scientific literature does not have evidence in comparing two types of workplace design (open space office and small office) in a Romanian organization.

This study, comprised in a dissertation paper, investigates which are the effects of the environmental characteristics of the workplace on the employees that work in open space as compared to the ones that work in small offices (2-4 persons) from a Romanian telecommunication company. Does the intimacy of a small office or the strong relations between the colleagues of work predict higher job satisfaction and the well-being of the employee? Proximity facilitates social interaction (Fleming et al. 1985); thus, in which way the number of persons that interact can influence the well-being of the employees of the organization? Is social support perceived as higher in open space offices than in small offices? Those are some of the questions that this paper will try to answer. Lowe et al. (2003) shows that the workplaces where employees report good communication and strong social support are perceived as healthier and this, in turn, predicts higher job satisfaction.

Method: The data will be collected from different departments (human resources and technical departments) of the telecommunication company, which has both types of offices. The number of the participants will be approximately 40, 20 for each group.

Results: We expect results showing that employees working in small offices have higher job satisfaction and well-being than the employees working in open space, and also that perceived support will be higher in the first group, because of the intimacy shared in the small office.

Discussion: The implications of the findings on this workspace design can be used in different departments of the organization in order to foster employees’ personal characteristics and the performance of that department, and implicit, of the organization. Employees will have a high level of well-being which can enhance their effort in the organization.