The activity-based working model was first introduced in Erik Veldhoen's 1994 book, "The Demise of the Office." The book isn't about the literal demise of the office but the end of the traditional office as we know it.
Veldhoen suggests that, as employees engage in varied activities each day in modern work settings, employees would benefit from work areas designed with specific tasks in mind instead of fixed individual workstations. The result is a holistic, activity-based workplace with the right culture, technology, and physical office spaces needed to support the employee's many tasks.
Veldhoen writes that large-scale changes to new working methods, like ABW, require careful guidance and execution. And 20 years later, this remains the largest obstacle facing the success of activity-based working programs.
Activity-based working isn't an interior design trend or a simple office environment change — it's a way of working, a strategy, and an office layout all in one.