Seven Benefits of Activity Based Working
Activity Based Working gives employees a freedom of choice about how, when and where they work, recognising that each employee performs different activities and need a suite of work settings to complete their work tasks. This enables them to work more productively and collaboratively.
What are the benefits of implementing an agile and flexible working environment?
Improved communication and collaboration
ABW breaks the traditional, rigid ways of working, allowing employees from different departments to work more collaboratively on projects and tasks. Increased levels of collaboration results in greater productivity and improved output. Employees are no longer tied to their desks all day, there is freedom for greater communication and collaboration, as team members move around the workspace. With better communication, comes new ideas and knowledge-sharing.
An ABW workspace provides a range of working spaces designed for specific tasks, like quiet spaces, focus areas and collaborative zones. With these spaces, employees will be able to concentrate better, with a higher quality output. The better the concentration on work tasks means greater results. Freedom of movement within the space and the ability to mingle in a structured way gives employees new energy and aids their ability to concentrate.
Improved recruitment and retention
A dynamic ABW workplace, with varied work settings, will be more engaging for staff, visitors and stakeholders, than a traditional open plan working environment. The best talent is attracted to agile and inventive ways of working, while existing employees will be more likely to be retained if they feel their workplace meets their needs, both professionally and personally.
Most offices are designed for only two activities: working at a desk or having meetings in a meeting room. Activity Based Working, gives employees a freedom of choice about how, when and where they work, recognising that each employee performs different activities. Employees feel empowered when they can take responsibility for their work and make decisions about where and when they work.
An ABW workspace utilises office space more efficiently than traditional office space, meaning that a smaller property footprint significantly reduces a company’s carbon footprint through a reduction in energy, services and materials in an office.
With activity based working, employees get a choice where they work and when they work. Which means they have a better balance between their work and personal lives and are more productive as a result. Activity Based Working is about flexibility and about the employee having a choice of a work environment, making it suitable for both extroverts and introverts in the office.
Activity Based Working gives employees a greater sense of ownership and builds a relationship of trust in the organisation.
Activity Based Working can be used as a vehicle for transformational change and to future-proof the organisation, strengthening its sustainability.To learn more about Activity Based Working, speak to us today!