Activity Based Work – Just a fancy marketing claim invented by interior people?
Activity-based working is here to stay. Mobility is already crucial for today’s workforce leading companies around the world are already bending the standards for traditional work roles and work forms by implementing ABW workplace design.
To implement so different a way of thinking is a process. A process that highly demands a change of patterns throughout every link of the company. We have showcased some of our furniture for activity based work in the lookbook so you can feel inspired.
A Couple of Reasons why Workplace Interior Should Facilitate Activity Based Work
It’s essential that ABW is anchored in a solid strategy. Fancy, innovative furniture is not the single solution to this transformation. We would love to claim that tangible, and flexible interior solutions do the work alone, but that would be dishonest and simply untrue. The transformation process demands hard work in the internal communication and should be thought of as part of the employer branding. According to Leesman®, research shows that large numbers of employees are failing to adopt the behaviours necessary to realise the potential benefits of these surroundings.
Leesman has categorised the most typical groups of employees:
The true transient
This group of employees
are hard to find; not only
because they are the most
mobile, but also because they
are few in numbers.
The camper / squatter
These employees are truly
anchored to their
workstation and are not
finding other spaces
The intrepid explorer
This group of employees
are well progressed in their
exploration of the central
concepts of ABW and have
adopted a progressive and
mobile approach to space
The timid traveller
These employees remain
strongly attached to their
single workstation but
are starting to experience
other spaces for some of
According to Leesman the numbers are very clear:
The true transient reports
Productivity agreement 65.5%
Pride agreement 81.8%
Comparing to The Camper
Productivity agreement 43.2%
Pride agreement 51.8%
Their research overwhelmingly shows employees
who work in an activity based way, in environments
that support that workstyle, see significant personal
and organisational benefits.
..::Read the full research here ::..
Try to shift from ‘ownership’ to ‘membershift’
Strive at creating non-territotial neighborhoods. By creating a diverse space, that follows function, you create a more tangible space and enable better productivity in the workplace.
Conference room: formal meeting space, external facing
IT/mobile stations: multiple touchpoints for tech support
Huddle rooms: acoustic privacy, impromptu meetings, casual brainstorming
Phone rooms: acoustic/visual privacy, unscheduled use, solo work
Quiet zones: community area or floor for focused, solo work
Social “magnet” areas: cafes, “living rooms”, comfortable furniture, noise friendly, casual gathering spot
Read sources and find more inspiration:
OFFICE DESIGN: THE BEST AND WORST TRENDS | By Jamie Mitchell:
HOW TO DESIGN AN OFFICE THAT HELPS PEOPLE STAY FOCUSED | By Lillian Veley
THE FUTURE WORKPLACE | The Times
THE STRUCTURE OF THE ACTIVITY-BASED MODEL SYSTEM (tours)
ACTIVITY BASED WORKING: I’S ALL ABOUT BALANCE | By
The canteen interior in every company and institution should ideally reflect image and it’s values. We have created a lookbook with our canteen furniture to showcase our solutions and inspire you. We hope we can provide you with some new ideas on what a modern canteen environment could contain.
Eating meals together is associated with greater team dynamics. Creating the right framework for informal interactions and conversation is crucial, whether it is in the school cantina or company cafeteria.
The layout/design of one of the most important facilities of the building should be prioritised to serve as an aesthetic appealing and functional space.
How to plan and execute a Canteen Interior Project
We were refurbishing our own canteen, here at Four®Design, and needed to identify specific needs in the canteen area and clear out what needed to be done. So we created the S·P·A·C·E-model – a tool to for creating interior projects in small or larger scales.
S cale & space: ideal distances reconciled with estimated amount of seating
P artitioning: dividing space in to smaller divisions
A coustics: measuring and improving reverberation, sound distribution & absorption
C olours: mapping parameters to be considered for the right choice of colours
E rgonomics : user- and staff needs, identifying standards and guidelines to follow
Scale & Space
The illustrations below serves as a guideline in how to set and limit distances between chairs and tables.
Rows of Rectangular Tables
Minimum spacing needed for rowe of tables is 130cm
Rows of Rectangular Tables With Service Aisle
The space needed in between rows is 165cm for incorporating service aisle
Spacing against walls
Distance to wall. Allow a minimum of 122cm between wall and table.
Diagonal layout with Square tables
For this setup, minimum 60 cm between the corners
Round tables, banquet style
Leave a minimum of 140cm between round tables for banquet style
How can we create more intimacy by dividing space into smaller spaces? By using different heights you add more dynamics to the space. Highest point always placed at the end. Exactly like when you set a table.
Four®Real tables with Room in Room are one of our solutions for mobile room partitions.
Real time sound testing should always be considered in larger spaces to target and improve the room sound.
Acoustic panels /- walls / -ceiling
We have developed our solutions to prevent unnecessary noise in the canteen. We always recommend choosing noise reducing gliders/ferrules for chairs in canteen environments.
Colours, and what to take into consideration:
- Brand identity; can you incorporate colours to match.
- Psychological impact. Use colours with care. Less is more.
We have highlighted a couple of colours that is frequently used in eating facilities
Yellow has positive effect on nervous system and stimulates the appetite,. it can be over stimulating and trigger anxiety.
White interior adds spacious perception of the room and looks lean and sterile. It’s recommended that you use elements and/or other colours to break.
Black in small amounts with contrasting, complementary colors, black can have a very positive effect as is adds depth and timeless style to a room layout.
Blue is slowing heart rate, reducing respiratory rhythm, soothing, encouraging mental activity, introspection, concentration, creating. focus inwards. The colour for rest.
Comfortable seating is important. So is the handling of furniture for the staff.
Solutions: Choose light-weight chairs and agile tables with castors.
Cleaning should be done effortless, choose suitable surfaces.
See our Canteen installations here:
Sources | Read more on:
Guide and Introduction to Acoustics / Bruel & Kjær
Psychological Properties Of Colours
Team Building in the Cafeteria
Research how important eating lunch at work.
Healthy Employees, healthy workplace