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Embracing the anywhere, anytime workplace

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Activity-based working embraces the needs of the individual while driving productivity.

When you receive a message from a co-worker (or just about anyone) today, it’s likely that the person sending it was not sitting at a desk in a traditional office. In fact, they could have been on a train, sitting at an airport, or even out in the wilderness.

Today, it’s possible to not only communicate from almost anywhere in the world but also to interact with a multitude of business systems, approving expense claims, monitoring performance, and collaborating with colleagues.

This has been facilitated by the tremendous leaps in technology and connectivity over the past few years, and also by the demands of the changing, multi-generational, geographically-dispersed workforce. With the increase in digital natives in the workforce, organisations are being forced to cater for a number of different behaviours and workstyles.

A modern collaboration strategy is critical for any organisation wanting to foster a productive workforce and deliver a return on their investment in human capital. In the past we talked about work-life integration as something that organisations should strive towards, but with the connected nature of today’s world it’s become non-negotiable.

Generation Z are forcing organisations to rethink how they interact with the broader society, including a greater commitment to social justice issues such as conservation and sustainability.

Organisations are transforming where and when you can work on the back of the pressures from their employees; they are also embracing technological advances in the form of machine learning and automation to free these employees from mundane tasks. This freedom has given the workforce the ability to focus on innovation in a way that hasn’t previously been possible.

This focus on innovation has, in turn, required that organisations create a working environment that encourages quality, creativity, and engages people. Top performing companies have quickly realised that success is not dependent on how many people are sitting in an office, but rather about allowing people to work in the environment that will help them carry out their specific tasks most effectively.

This could be an office, their home, a coffee shop, or even the site office on a construction site. When people are working from different locations and on different devices, creating a framework for collaboration is critical should you want to reap the benefits.

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Finding the right place and time to trigger greater productivity, also known as activity-based working (ABW), is not something that can simply be copied from one organisation to another, or even from one team to another. It requires that the vision, values, and strategy of the organisation informs how each individual is empowered, to find the best way to complete the tasks they’ve been given.

Implementing ABW creates a space that is designed to meet the needs of the individuals and teams – fostering a culture of connection, accountably, community and trust – empowering and engaging people to perform to their fullest potential.

So whether your  workplace is a nature reserve, a children’s hospital, or on the side of the road reporting about the worlds’ most famous cycle tour – it’s time to embrace technology and space together and be successful in this connected world.

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