Active future

2016-09-27

The digital revolution has turned society upside down, affecting both us and our workplaces. So how should employees and companies keep up with developments?

Of course, the new technology which enables us to work with absolutely no boundaries is fantastic. However, the downside is obviously stress and tiredness, and the feeling of constantly being pursued. And many companies don't have the tools to deal with these types of problems. The technology has changed our jobs, but old structures and hierarchies remain in place. HR departments are trying to navigate according to a map that no longer tallies with what the world is like.

However, solutions are available.

A Dutch research report by Susan Smulders and Denise Clarijs points out that activity-based workplaces are often catalysts for a better environment. The staff start to spontaneously question and challenge old truths.

"Which activities are important to us and our customers? And how can the environment and our way of working support this?"

During their five-year research project, Smulders and Clarijs have interviewed over 5,000 office workers and some of their conclusions are:

• 64% say that they are more energetic when working in an activity-based environment.

• 69% feel more productive.

• 66% think that the work is more stimulating.

• 34% of managers felt that they delegate more than they used to.

Kinnarps' model for an activity-based workplace environment is called Next Office-ABW. In this, we have invested all our know-how, from sustainability and economy to design and ergonomics, to tailor the perfect solution for you.