In ABW, "Town Centers" are an increasingly important space in the office - leading to impromptu meetings & collaboration.

In ABW, “Town Centers” are an increasingly important space in the office – leading to impromptu meetings & collaboration.

Activity Based Working (ABW), or the model that employees don’t have an assigned workspace but rather multiple areas around the office that cater to the varied needs of users during the day, is a topic that isn’t new, but is gaining speed worldwide.

ABW By The Numbers:

  • In a Colliers 2012 survey of 300 corporate office tenants, 32% said they have either implemented ABW or were planning to implement it
  • Shift from individual to group work has evolved, with reports shifting as large as 90-10 to 50-50 or even 40-60 (Haworth)
  • According to study by CoreNet Global, square footage per employee changed from 225 sf in 2010 to 176 sf in 2012. Projected numbers will dip to 151 sf in 2017, with 40% of survey respondents reporting they’d go below 100 sf before 2017

This trust from executives to associates to complete tasks while they are less visible is a vital factor in building the culture of the office. With such support of workers, there is lower level of absenteeism and an increased sense of workplace satisfaction.Although cost can be a driving factor towards this shift, whether it be to fit more workers in a smaller space or save on smaller floor plates, there are other benefits of its implementation. Culturally, ABW helps to create trust between workers, while respecting and empowering their mode of working.

As more organizations are adopting the ABW model, the creative ways in which they transform their spaces is something to look out for. Integrating technology with the innovations of team members is sure to impact and shape the ABW trend. Stay tuned!

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