Activity Based Working (ABW) is a term being used in the United States of America (USA), South America and Asia to describe a way of working in which people are provided with mobile technology that allows them the freedom to work in different places depending upon the tasks they perform. ABW encourages new ways of working that are innovative, more productive and smart. To support this incorporates many factors, such as technology, workplace management and office design.
In the UK many people refer to this way of working as agile working.
The benefits of activity based working are several fold. First it allows for organisations to organise their office design, workplace flow and the people. The initial idea is that people are able to choose the right place (both in the office and out) that is best suited to their tasks and work duties. For example, if an employee is needing to concentrate on detailed tasks with a great deal of focus, they may need an environment that is both bright and free of visual or audible distractions.
On the other hand, if your employee is working informally and collaborating with their team, it they may require a more conventional meeting space with a screen on the wall and a network connection. A place to minimise the workplace distraction and noise.
The second benefit of activity based working is that it enables office space to be used more intensively and efficiently. This allows many more people to be based at a building than in a traditional models. Advanced Workplace Associates have found that in organisations where people ‘own’ their own desk, it creates huge inefficiencies leading to desks and meeting spaces often being utilised less than 50% of the time they are available. This result has often helped avoid the need for office relocation and new real estate purchases.
The third benefit is people can work with the people they need to wherever they need to. Of course that means stronger teams, social cohesion and employee collaboration. The perfect design to help your employees re-group and re-shape in minutes.
At Advanced Workplace Associates we undertake studies to help clarify the feasibility and benefits of applying activity based working. We help our clients deliver a multi-faceted change programme involving space, office design, technology, behaviour and workplace culture.
Get in contact with a workplace consultant by calling +44 207 743 7110. Or, to find out more about Activity Based Working, email email@example.com with your enquiry. Advanced Workplace Associates are always happy to engage with you and help your organisation make the step change to a new and better way of working.