Activity based working (ABW) is all about giving employees the freedom to choose how and where they want to work. No one is assigned an office desk or workstation, but provided with a variety of activity zones that allow them to undertake specific tasks such as private work, socialising or simply making a phone call.
With ABW office interior design, the distributed arrangement ensures that workers are regularly moving around. Height adjustable desks are also becoming more prominent in ABW office designs, which allow employees to stand up while working. Working standing up has several health benefits, including reduced cancer and obesity risk, better posture and longer life expectancy.
While the traditional open plan office is often lauded as the answer to a more collaborative environment, it is not the only way.
With a mix of team desks, meeting rooms and breakout areas, ABW office designs are great for collaborating with colleagues. In contrast to the traditional open plan office you are not designated a desk, and this encourages professional and casual communication.
Strong communication is essential for productivity, so facilitating a collaborative environment where you can share ideas and skills will benefit every business.
Hudl, who are an American sports software company, have state-of-the-art AWB office interior design, which includes the following:
Various office furniture solutions – Including height adjustable desks, shared and individual desks, booths, sofas and, of course, a bean bag chair!
Meeting rooms – Hudl have several rooms for ad-hoc meeting and collaborative work, which included grass walls.
Private rooms – As Hudl is an American company with an office based in London, there is plenty of trans-Atlantic correspondence going on. Therefore, private rooms are needed for Sykpe chats and phone calls.
Sports themed design – The final design included a bespoke ping pong table with company logo within a UK map, graffiti wall with football team badges, running track, gym lockers, and grass covered walls within the meeting rooms. Each room was also named after a UK sporting hero (Johnny Wilkson, Hope Powell, Bradley Wiggins etc.)
If you provide an office environment that employees love, then coming into work inevitably becomes less of a chore.
Some AWB companies (such as Hudl) even give employees the choice of working from home, but not without offering a cutting edge working environment to rival that option.The thinking behind this is that by offering a fun, dynamic environment, employees won’t feel the need to work from home.
It is true, also, that offering an environment that best suits their mood and current task is better for mental health. Some people, for example, need peace and quiet, but may find themselves in a frenetic environment which can leave them psychologically exhausted. Giving people a choice, therefore, is a much healthier and more practical solution.
Has our blog inspired you to make changes to your office? If so, then Rap Interiors can help! We are a reputable design, fit out and refurbishment company with nearly three decades of experience. If you wish to discuss changing your office to facilitate ABW or any other works, then contact us on 0333 600 1234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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