Collaborative and activity based working

Technological developments are transforming the office. Business models are being disrupted faster and more often than ever before, driving the need for new, more collaborative, flexible and agile ways of working.

Transforming the workplace

Transforming the workplace

New technologies have transformed our work and workplaces, enabling new ways of working and dramatically increasing our productivity. Laptops and mobile phones have freed workers from their desks; today, the ubiquity of smartphones and ability to access information stored in the cloud is empowering people to work from anywhere. At the same time, business models are being disrupted faster and more often than ever before, driving the need for new, more productive, flexible and agile ways of working.

More than ever, successful companies will continue to facilitate people coming together to learn, collaborate and socially connect, because they strongly believe that innovation depends on combining people’s talents and knowledge. A proven way to enable optimal collaboration and individual performance in the workplace is through Activity Based Working (ABW).

Activity Based Working (ABW)

Activity Based Working (ABW)

Activity Based Working (ABW)

ABW is all about you and your colleagues. It is about organising your day at work in a more productive and satisfying way. Creating the ideal environment for each activity, whether it is developing ideas, delivering content or sharing knowledge.

ABW is a workplace strategy that provides you and your colleagues with a choice of workplace settings for a variety of activities. Every organisation can benefit from expanding choice and autonomy across its entire organisational footprint. This means employers should give people with different needs the flexibility to work in appealing spaces that are most attuned to the task at hand. We believe that a varied attractive office environment works wonders for a healthier workplace, engaged employees, improved collaboration and cost effectiveness, since ABW is also able reduce expensive square meters. To achieve significant returns in individual, team and business results, we create well-designed and inspiring workspaces for your employees, led by our experienced interior designers.

We firmly believe that innovation is dependent on the collaboration of talent and knowledge. Face-to-face interaction is fundamental to our social wellbeing and cannot be replaced by technology. As a result, it has become clear that one of the most powerful tools for any organisation is the ability to create work environments that attract and retain the best and most talented people and facilitate collaboration between them. More communal areas like coffee bars, healthy cafeterias, small group meeting rooms and conference rooms mean that more spontaneous interactions can occur, and important conversations can take place away from other work areas.

ABW, which includes collaborative settings, brings out the best in people and organisations. This leads to an increase in wellbeing and productivity, added value, better knowledge sharing and financial benefits but above all, it gives flexibility.

ABW was pioneered in the Netherlands and as a result, Royal Ahrend with its Dutch roots, has all the ingredients to understand and be at the forefront of the changes facing us all, leading the future of activity based and collaborative working.

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