Making the move to Activity-Based Workspaces

Everyone has heard the age-old adage no two people are alike. Well, we’re here to tell you, the same goes for both workspaces and employees.  No matter what industry you work in, it’s likely that you’ll have multiple employees who serve different purposes. Perhaps you’ve got an accountant, business manager, sales rep, marketer and maybe even a designer.  Each of those individuals comes to work with different expectations and different needs. As the business owner it’s in your best interest to accommodate those needs with a flexible Activity-Based Workspace. (Think Google, Apple, KPMG.)

Why, you ask?

The better your employees feel mentally and physically in their office environment the more productive they are. And as everyone knows, increased productivity equals increased dollar signs and who doesn’t love that? But these flexible and activity based workspaces don’t just create themselves, time and thought has to go into creating the best workspace for your company.

It’s much more than just an ‘open plan’ environment. We’re talking about standing desks, team desks, inspirational meeting spaces, quiet concentration rooms, perhaps even a lounge but ultimately, new and improved collaborative working environments that save space, time and money.

Peanut

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In our last activity-based project in Brisbane we relocated 32 workstations, which opened up spaces for what we call the Peanut (and the little ones are called a Weenut), increasing their seating capacity by 116 spaces for the same NLA.  This process allowed the client to expand their business and stay in their current fitout for an additional two years.

 

So what do you need to do to get started?

  1. Assess your situation. Are your workers having trouble concentrating? Do they need to work collaboratively more often than not? Do they work well together?
  2. Devise a plan.  Get the opinions of your key management team and work together to create a solution. No you don’t have to be architects, you just need to determine what will work best for you.
  3. Pick up the phone. Consult a professional to help you create exactly what you need your for your company.
  4. Make it happen. If converting to an activity based work environment is what you want, then there is no time like the present to get going.

If you’re interested in learning more about Activity-Based Workspaces give us a call or fill out our enquiry form to the right. We’re happy to discuss the possibilities.

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