Activity Based Working
Activity Based Working (ABW) is a transformational business strategy that provides people with a choice of settings for a variety of workplace activities. Rather than forcing individuals to undertake all their work at one setting, such as a fixed desk or within a designated cubicle, ABW seeks to encourage people to physically locate
themselves where it is most suitable for them to complete their work. Spaces are designed to create opportunities for a variety of workplace activities from intense, focused work to impromptu and informal meetings or more formal meetings.
History of Activity Based Working
The first known reference to an activity-based analysis of office work modes was by American architect Robert Luchetti from the late 1970's. He co-invented the now widely accepted concept of the office as a series of "activity settings" in 1983. In an activity settings-based environment, multiple settings are provided which have different technical and physical attributes assembled to support the variety of performance "modes" that take place in a work environment
The term Activity Based Working was first coined in the book, the Art of Working, by Erik Veldhoen, a Dutch consultant
of the book The Demise
of the Office. ABW was first implemented by Interpolis in the nineties in the Netherlands.
The Activity-Based Office.
The activity‐based office concept of the modern office is set to increase productivity
through the stimulation of interaction and communication while retaining employee satisfaction and reducing the accommodation
costs. Although some research has gone into understanding the added value
, there is still a need for sound
data on the relationship between office design, its intentions and the actual use after implementation. The purpose of this paper is to address this issue.
The need for a new office.
To create a successful work environment it's important to have insight into the demands and behaviours of the employees using this environment
There are three pillars that support a new way of working, based on the philosophy of Activity-based working. These are the behavioral, virtual
and physical environment of our work environment, which can be linked to our working processes, Human Resources, IT and Facility Management
in our work environment.