Activity based working (ABW) is an international trend which gives employees a choice about how, when and where they work. It's all about moving away from the traditional offices, which take up a lot of space, reducing real estate costs, encouraging sales staff to be out of the office, hot desking, and building spaces around collaboration. New technology is a major driver of this trend and while cost is a big factor, international research has also showed ABW improves communication and concentration in offices and ultimately leads to better staff retention, productivity and innovation.

While the intent of ABW is clear, ensuring good design is another matter. How do you go about creating an ABW environment? What factors should you consider? The team at Modern Office know that encouraging interactions and creative thinking is the key to survival to all business and the physical environment can have a catalysing effect on creativity. Modern Office believes ABW is a science - and with years of proven results to call upon, can help take the guesswork out of the equation.

Our new Activity Based Working range 'MotionOffice' also have panels with an NRC rating of 0.76 which means that 76% of the sound wave entering into the material will be captured and converted. MotionOffice dramatically contributes to reduction of noise bleed in open plan (ABW) environments!

Implementing ABW in the workspace, however, requires a complete rethink and specialised flexible furnishings designed specifically for ABW applications. This is where MotionOffice comes in – a comprehensive range of well-designed and attractive office furnishings specifically designed to easily and affordably create personalised arrangements for an individual company's specific needs, according to the tasks their employees need to undertake on a daily basis.

In her book, Create a Thriving Workspace, Melbourne-based workplace design specialist Anetta Pizag, says that the best Activity Based Workplaces are dynamic environments geared towards teamwork, with collaborative spaces taking up over 30 per cent of the floor area (while in traditional offices this is typically around 10 per cent).

"This is achieved within the same, or smaller, floor spaces since with non-assigned seating the space is used more efficiently," says Pizag. "Activity based workspaces typically offer five to 10 different types of work settings for individual as well as team activities. These spaces are designed to help people excel in each activity, whether it's generating ideas, solving problems, executing plans or sharing knowledge.

"ABW is a potent strategy. If implemented well, the benefits are enormous. It creates a less hierarchical workplace that stimulates interaction and knowledge exchange, supports learning and professional development, promotes trust and personal accountability, and makes work more efficient as well as more enjoyable."

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