Jan 07, 2020 in Viewpoint

Why activity-based working is here to stay in 2020

If we take a look at the workplace of the future, it is no surprise that shared workplaces, open floor plans, and activity-based working pop-up. Employees, and especially the new generations, want more flexibility and expect the work environment to support their wants and needs. Offices need to be more than buildings to work, they have to be a place that stimulates collaboration and supports social activities. Creating that well-known sense of belonging. Therefore, as a company, you need to give employees reasons to be in the office and provide them with a great experience. But do you need an activity-based working concept to do so? The answer is, as you can already guess, yes!

Esmeé van Vliet
by Esmeé van Vliet
Activity-based working in 2020
Offices need to be more than buildings to work, they have to be a place that stimulates collaboration and supports social activities.

Make activity-based working work

Activity-based working gives employees the freedom to choose a workplace they like, any time of the day. The different types of workplaces – such as focus areas, phone booths, meeting rooms, and flex desks – provide a large range in workplaces to choose from.

The concept can be a challenge sometimes, but the concept isn’t the problem, the implementation is. Employees tend to show claiming behavior or use meeting rooms in a way they’re not meant to. And that isn’t strange, given our natural habits. Employees need help to embrace the new way of working, and that can be done perfectly with smart technology.

An open floor plan

In 2014, already over 70% of all offices had open floor plans. It’s nothing new. And although there is much said – and definitely not all positive – an open floor plan is here to stay. But we need to combine it with smart technology. Let’s be honest, nobody wants to get back to those much-hated cubicles, right? But we need the last remaining 30% to break down the walls, get out of their individual offices and get into the sometimes-feared open floor plan. New generations already expect it.

The new generation

In less than 5 years, 75% of the workforce will be millennials, and they want flexible workplaces. In fact, they need it. As the social generation, their need for socializing at work is growing and growing. One of the benefits of open floor plans is the increase in collaboration. If we let employees mingle more, we’d be surprised about how much more creativity is being spread. And if we look outside the office, we see that millennials are already sharing cars, bikes, and food. So, sharing a workplace isn’t at all far out of their reach.

Smart office insights

A regular office gives employees the workplaces we think they need. A smart office can verify if we gave employees the workplaces, we thought they needed. With sensors underneath desks and in meeting rooms you can measure the workplace occupancy and get insight into how often the space is used. Optimizing building usage is one of the biggest benefits of smart technology. In the Netherlands, 96% of the facility managers will invest in this technology in the upcoming five years. And globally 75% of the companies expect to monitor employee data, such as movement and workspace usage.

Bringing it all together

To sum up these findings: yes, you do need an open floor plan, implement the activity-based working concept and use smart technology to make it happen. The new generation and shared economy are counting on it!

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