The changes in working culture prompted by new technologies are revolutionising the way we work in the office. The spread of mobile working enables not only more effective use of space but also more extensive changes in work practices. There is a move from personal rooms and open plan offices to activity based offices. This trend has reduced the size and number of individual work desks. Work involves a lot of different types of meetings and interactive situations. Spaces that accommodate such needs seems to meet well our customers merging needs. With an increase in work that is not tied to a fixed location, new requirements are being placed on spaces and furniture design. Companies are using their premises more efficiently, and this is increasing the demand for new type of work spaces.
User-oriented activity based office
ABO supports work activities optimally, rather than drawing a boundary around the knowledge worker’s personal space (i.e. a fixed, personal workstation where all the work is done). It fosters a variety of office environments, that are all supporting different activities, performed by knowledge workers in their work.
Benefits of activity based office
- Knowledge workers can concentrate better and become more productive.
- More activity and less sedentary knowledge work.
- More collaboration between different teams and functions.
- Improved employee satisfaction.
The activity based office is a flexible model and its features can be viewed from different perspectives. The activity based office can be divided into four different areas:
|Collaboration||Different work spaces (e.g. meetings, team work and training) in an open or closed structure, which have the right environment for working together in a creative manner.|
|Communication||Lots of different acoustically limited spaces and rooms for informal and formal meetings open / closed / standing / sitting. Furniture can be used to mark off the different spaces.|
|Concentration||Often closed spaces, which allow the employees to work alone or together in a concentrated manner.|
|Chill out||Different spaces and rooms where employees can go to or where they could contemplate or relax.|