Inside Activity-Based Working (ABW)

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Activity-Based Working is a design philosophy that’s become a big trend over the last few years because it effectively contributed towards cost-savings on office real estate and furnishings – but that’s not the only reason. Even more significant savings over the long term can be seen in a far broader and more subtle area – the system’s ability to foster employee wellness on a mental, physical and social level.

Modern Office Design Ideas and Our Natural Environment 

Unlike traditional workplace designs like cubicles, rows of desks or even private offices, ABW actually emulates our natural environment. Biophillic characteristics, which are the instinctive human affiliations with the natural world, are an integral part of this design. These include the incorporation of natural lighting and diurnal working hours, the incorporation of plants and natural materials, access to fresh air, and much more. Even the structure of ABW spaces mimic our ancestors need to move from place to place through the day for different activities and to fulfil different needs.

The benefits of these design ideas are a significant driver behind modern architecture for homes and businesses, to make our man-made structures more like the outdoors and less like closed-off internal spaces. So, what are the actual benefits? Or is this just another trend?

Mental, Physical and Social Health Benefits of ABW 

Rather than being offered a space in which to work that is exactly the same as any other, ABW spaces offer workers the ability to pick a place of their own in which to work that suits their particular needs. Some people, after all, work best in silence and without distraction, while others thrive on high energy and collaboration. Having spaces to suit a range of personality types means workers are more comfortable, less stressed and more productive thanks to their ability to select and control their environment.

A lack of physical activity is a very real threat to the health of modern office workers, and this is compounded by having to sit at a desk for 10 or more hours a day in front of a screen. Diabetes, heart conditions, obesity and depression are all linked to sedentary behavior – and workers with compromised health are not going to be realizing their potential. ABW spaces encourage movement through multi-use, flexible spaces, seated and standing desks, and by making it easier to encourage fitness and health initiatives in the workplace. Higher fitness levels mean healthier, more motivated and more creative employees, as well as less sick days.

The social nature of AWB spaces with their emphasis on collaboration, casual interaction and decentralized structure also brings significant benefits to worker health and your company’s bottom line. It encourages your employees to bond and work together openly, making stronger teams. It makes sharing skills easier and more effective, helping your employees grow. It helps ideas spread and turn into actionable concepts, driving positive risk-taking and innovation. And this sense of community and shared growth creates social responsibility and bolsters emotional wellbeing.

Promote Organizational Health Through Contemporary Office Interiors and Furniture 

Want to design a cutting-edge ABW space? Our team is here to help. In addition to our wide range of contemporary office furniture, architectural glass walls and interior design features, we can also assist you with workspace design and fitment. For more information on our services and contemporary office furniture ideas, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

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