Physical workplace changes (small or large) require structured change management programs to ensure that the change is aligned with the direction of the business and supports the workforce. Such programs will also ensure that the change is embedded into the organisation longer term. An integral component in any change management program is the communication plan.
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Activity based working (ABW) is a workplace approach where no occupant has an assigned desk: rather the work space provides employees with a variety of predetermined settings that allow them to do specific tasks in these work settings. It is important to recognise that ABW is just one workplace approach – like many before it such as hot-desking – that may be suited to some organisations, employees and groups of employees, but may not necessarily be suited to all.
This is Part 1 of a 2-part series on how to future proof your office. Work and the workplace are changing today, driven by globalization, shifting demographics, technological advances, and economic pressures, just to name a few causes. And no one sees that stopping anytime soon. More and more companies are asking themselves how to plan to ensure that they can meet the needs of the future without fully understanding what those needs might be.