The rise of activity-based working is undeniable: offices around the globe are introducing this new way of working and organisations even go so far as to implement it as the new global standard. Although the concept of activity-based working has been around for approximately 30 years, the concept has become more popular for several reasons, the main ones are being to increase employee productivity and to reduce office costs. But what is it? And does it work? In this whitepaper, we will explore these questions and more.
What is activity-based working? (ABW)
We all know the traditional workplace model: employees work from the same office and desk, day in, day out. For generations, people have worked in this system, but in the past years, there has been a dramatic shift away from that ancient model. Activity-Based Working puts a new spin on the office dynamic. Employees are not confined to a particular office or desk and are free to work from any available workstation in the workplace. That means employees can work in changing teams, across different locations, and in different offices. This provides employees with a setting that best supports each activity they perform. Different spaces are designed specifically for a particular task to facilitate productivity optimally. If you want to do teamwork, imagine a good enlightened room with a large whiteboard, and a presentation screen, while the spaces for high concentration work have proper isolated individual desks with a calm appearance.