What were the challenges that gave rise to ABW?
Selecting office desks is often a cost driven solution with little regard for the work typology to be undertaken. The one desk fits all approach is common in Singapore office design solutions. A single office desk size certainly aids space planning but may not necessarily deliver the most efficient results in terms of space usage nor, yield the most productive work environment.
Companies readily accept that status dictates workspace size allocation but, are seemingly reluctant to allocate work space and office desks based on activity. Activity based allocation of office desks & types of work space based on functional needs may result in different types of work space and office desks being provided.
What are the benefits of Activity Based working?
Research suggests that this is particularly appropriate for knowledge workers who work both independently and collaboratively – the logic is that by providing a range of work settings to transit through during the course of a day that are designed to support the specific work task at hand that this increases individual effectiveness, workplace productivity, creativity and collaboration but also enhances employee well-being. In such work environments not every person may need a permanent desk which may mean a reduced real estate footprint which is another potential benefit.
Is it about Hotdesking? We don’t want Hotdesking
A common Misconception is Activity Based Working, which is a subset of Agile Working, is all about Hotdesking. A good understanding of your company is integral to understanding what model of Activity Based Working is best for you.
As a Workplace Design Consultant, with competencies in both Workplace Strategy Consulting and full Design Capabilities, Sennex will be able to advise your company on how to evaluate the potential for introducing an activity based working model.
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