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