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The secret to unharnessing workplace productivity

Employees who embrace activity-based working report significantly higher levels of workplace productivity (66 per cent) and pride (82 per cent), according to research released by Leesman.

The study of over 70,000 employees, conducted in partnership with IFMA Sweden and financially supported by Tenant and Partner Sweden, also reveals a clear and dramatic increase in satisfaction levels with creative (22 per cent) and collaborative (21 per cent) tasks in Activity Based Work (ABW) settings – but only when appropriate mobility behaviours are adopted.

Sixty-six per cent of employees who use workplaces designed for ABW in an activity-based way state that their workspace enables them to work productively, compared to the 43 per cent that admit to being anchored to their workstations. However, three in four workers (73 per cent) within activity-based environments perform most, if not all of their tasks in the same location, despite the variety of spaces that are provided for them to work in.

The study has also revealed a high level of ‘employee inertia’. The data suggests that this apparent inability to adapt to surroundings designed for working in an activity centric way could be crippling the productivity gains client organisations thought possible.  

Commenting on the research, Tim Oldman, Leesman CEO, said:

 “At the close of the year-long study, Leesman can now reveal that, despite commendable business intentions, employees are failing to adopt the behaviours necessary to realise the potential benefits of activity-based work models.

“Giving employees the freedom to move around in the spaces provided could significantly increase their engagement levels and performance. However, productivity levels will remain stagnant if employees aren’t encouraged to break the ingrained habit of only ever working in one place. Organisations should not underestimate the pivotal importance of behavioural change in delivering a successful outcome.”

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