Uprooting the fixed office
Activity-based working is the idea that where you choose to work is determined by the specific tasks or activities you undertake. Robert Luchetti co-invented the idea of the office as a series of “activity settings” in the early 80s. It’s about organising your work in the most productive and enjoyable way possible. If you’re doing it right, activity-based working creates the optimum setting for each activity. Whereas you might complete brainstorming and research best in a library or on a sofa, hard-core analysis and write-ups may call for a tidy and private desk.
This article is an overview of the benefits of activity-based working and how to exercise it.
What are the benefits?
Activity-based learning is about you. Whether developing ideas, delivering content or sharing knowledge – the best place to do so varies between task, day and individual.
The days of writer’s block and post lunch slumps are over. However sedentary your office work may seem, your physical position is important. A static workstation makes for static innovation. It’s hard to move mentally to a new task when you haven’t moved physically. Switching location and setting allows you to change gears cleanly and efficiently.
A recent study showed that physical comfort has a greater impact on occupant satisfaction, health and self-assessed productivity than the provision of consistent and territorial workstations. The ability to select your workstation, provides a degree of personal control over your environmental conditions. And this makes for high productivity and work satisfaction.
Activity-based working in practice
Your work’s location should be determined by your work, not vice versa. In an activity-based environment, multiple settings are provided with different technical and physical attributes which support each performance “mode” taking place in that workspace. Think melange of private pods, open plan desks with varied seating, bean bag corners, private meeting rooms and boothed cafes.
Quality work, business growth and high job satisfaction. This is what we’re rooting for. To reap the benefits of activity-based working for your employees and your business, choose an office that provides your team with a choice of settings for each performance mode. Create opportunities for a variety of activities. From intense, focused work to impromptu meetings, both formal and informal.
Uncommon workspaces are designed to provide variety so you can switch station according to task, mood, and time of year. You aren’t forced to undertake all work in one setting, such as at a fixed desk or within a designated cubicle. And if varied workstations isn’t ‘uncommon enough’, switch office. Uncommon day memberships and weekend passes provide total flexibility day by day, week by week. These unique memberships enable you to really get the most out of activity-based working. If your projects and tasks vary month on month, it’s easy enough to change your subscription.
Okay… What’s the catch?
If you’re looking for a more versatile alternative to traditional work environments, there isn’t a catch! But for those unsure of which style of working suits them best: as with most things in life, you have to weigh up the pros and cons. Insufficient desks, difficulty locating colleagues, the inefficiency of finding, setting-up and clearing a workstation and inability to personalise it mean that flexi-desk environments aren’t for everyone. If you’re looking for permanence and routine, perhaps our private office space would be more suited to your needs.
But still, if opting for a more flexible workspace helps avoid monotony, keep your team on their toes and maximise economic efficiency, the benefits outweigh the cons. At least we think so anyway!
Uncommon workspaces are designed to boost efficiency and reduce stress. Every single detail helps create an environment in which you can feel good about where and how you work. Visit our locations in Fulham, Liverpool Street, Borough, and Highbury & Islington to experience our unique vision of working life.