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What is an activity-based workplace?

The kinds of jobs we’re doing in the twenty-first century far outpace anything workplaces of the twentieth century could have imagined. So why work in a space designed for an old way of working? Learn more about activity-based working and how you can upgrade your office for a new way of getting the job done.

  • What is activity-based working? In most offices, and for many jobs, the work employees do throughout the day changes. Maybe some hours are spent in meetings; other hours may be dedicated to focused work; still other hours might be spent brainstorming, collaborating, reading, taking breaks to recharge. With all of these types of working styles taking place in one day, there’s no ”one-size-fits-all” office set-up. Activity-based workplaces accommodate this varied way of working and help employees remain productive.
  • What does an activity-based workplace look like? Just like no two hours of work look the same, no two areas of the activity-based workplace should look the same. Typically, these floor plans have space for heads-down work, alongside more casual lounge areas. They may even offer private phone rooms and quiet areas for concentrated work and meeting and conference rooms for brainstorming sessions.
  • How do I optimize an activity-based workplace? The most well-run workplaces also offer easy ways for employees to plan their days. This includes remote booking features for cubicle space, conference rooms, and private work areas. It also includes flexible work policies. When you implement an activity-based workplace, you send employees the message that they should work in a way most comfortable for them. Outside of the activity-based examples in the office, this includes more lenient arrangements for working from home and other hybrid work options.

Be sure to consult your employees to understand how and where they prefer to work. This data will help you evaluate how much space you have, how much space you need, and how to update your policies to accommodate. Learn more about how to adapt your workplace space and experience to keep your employees happy and productive.