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All you need to know about Activity Based Working

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Activity Based workstations are becoming far more frequent in the modern workplace, and for good reason. With proven positives such as increased communication, interaction and collaboration between employees, the idea is steadily increasing the productivity of workstations around the world. With all this information though, you may still be wondering, what is an activity based workstation? Well, let me tell you...

In 1983, a concept was developed by American Architect Robert Luchetti in that office places should become more active than sitting at a desk all day. In doing so, Luchetti developed furniture that had differentiating settings and functions in order to get workers moving, as opposed to remaining stationary. Since that time, the idea of activity based working has developed into a rapidly expanding part of the workforce, focusing more so on the functionality of being comfortable in a variety of settings, breaking up the monotony of sitting in one spot at all times.

As time progressed, Activity based work has taken many shapes and forms. From the introduction of the sit-to-stand desk, collaborative workstations, couches and even bicycle seats, the ambition to keep people moving and healthy has grown from strength to strength. Proven to improve elements of the workplace more than just communication, such as the health and work performance of employees, companies are realising the importance of worker input, as opposed to worker output.

Much with any development, the idea has been met with some criticism, citing that this form of workstation is more distracting and lacks the privacy some require to complete their work. Whilst this may be the case, it can also be said that although lacking those two components, employee satisfaction and willingness to work counteracts some distractions faced with working as a collective cohort.

Activity based work has improved leaps and bounds since its inception in the early 80’s, and with its current trajectory, will continue to do so into the future of workplace functionality.


Faith Sun