What is Activity Based Working?

  • Posted: September 25, 2018

What is Activity Based Working?

Activity Based Working about organising work in a more productive and enjoyable way.

Where we do our activities is less important, as long as we align our work with colleagues and create meaning, we can improve performance.

Our stand plan for Designjunction18

What are the benefits?

The major advantages of creating an ABW space are:


1. Employee wellbeing

A happier, healthier and more sustainable workplace.

2. Employee satisfaction

More effective, engaged and motivated people.

3. Organisation flexibility

Better collaboration, more efficient decision making.

4. Work-life balance

Improved work-life balance after implementation and transformation.

Activity Based Working at Orsted - The EC1 Sofa was chosen to create a quiet haven within an additional room.

How Furniture can help

As furniture designers, we play a vital role in this process and it mainly comes back to designating the various spaces while making them as inviting as possible – something our collection really focuses on.

Examples of an Activity Based Working layout

1. Present

Small meeting space with communication tools.
Often uses telecoms, power and data and presentation tech.

2. Desking

A large space for open individual work
Computer-based work environment, often departmental or small team clusters.

3. Conference

Large formal meeting space with communication tools.
An impressive space that often uses telecoms, power and data and presentation tech to make a strong impression on clients and staff alike.

4. Training

Highly flexible meeting space supporting special types of work and collaboration.

5. Huddle

Small informal meeting space for quick, impromptu discussions

6. Meeting

Small formal meeting space for collaborative tasks.

7. Reception

A waiting area where visitors can books rooms, meet with staff or work individually. Should be comfortable, inspire and build the brand and be highly durable.

8. Breakout

A space for either a collective or individual to relax or hold informal meetings.
Should be comfortable, create a vibrant or inspirational ambience and durable.

9. Focus

A space for intensive solo work. Often requires quiet and privacy, avoiding interruptions and disturbance.