Activity-Based Working and the Future of Smart Working
ABW and the extended workplace

Activity-Based Working and the Future of Smart Working

Our Open Session for both Members and Non-Members on May 27th will examine what Activity-Based Working (ABW) is and its central contribution to smarter and more agile ways of working. We’ll look at the factors that make for the best implementations, and how the concept and design principles should evolve in a world where many more people will be working outside the collective workplace.

We’ll also be challenging some of the assumptions drawn from the old work of work that seem to be gaining ground when people talk about “hybrid working” and “the new normal”.

To do this we have a great line-up of topics and speakers:

European Smart Work Network 27 May 2021,

16.30 – 18.00 CET / 15.30 – 17.00 BST


Activity-Based Working – Past Present and FutureRoel Geenen, Managing Partner and Marco van Gelder, Senior Consultant, Veldhoen + Company.

Veldhoen + Company were the original pioneers of the concept of Activity-Based Working (ABW), and have a compelling story to tell about how ABW has evolved over the years and where we should be heading. Roel and Marco believe that an activity-based approach can help organisations become adaptable and build the capabilities needed to thrive in an increasingly unpredictable world.

Where are we now with ABW and homeworking? With pointers to the future from the Leesman dataDr. Peggie Roth, Chief Insights & Research Officer, Leesman.

The Leesman Index is the largest dataset of benchmarking data for office environments, and over the past year they have conducted a parallel investigation into the experience of homeworking. So what kinds of workplaces perform the best, and how does homeworking compare? And what can we learn from this for the future design of work and workplaces?

ABW, Smart Working and the Extended Workplace – rethinking historic assumptions – Andy Lake, Founder Smart Work Network and Director,

Andy will argue that we need to abandon historic assumptions about the collective workplace, as a  place separate from home and the rest of life. Instead we need to factor in all the other places people work as being of equal value. This will – or should – have quite profound impacts on not only how workplaces are designed, but also how homes, public spaces and third-party workspaces are designed too.

Best Practice Recommendations – The required settings and workstyles from physical, digital and human perspectives – Philip Vanhoutte, Founder of the European Smart Work Network, Founder of Ozadi, and former MD of Plantronics Europe.

Philip will examine the kinds of settings needed in future ABW environments, starting from the workstyles involved and a close understanding of the nature of work. This involves breaking down the different kinds of activities we undertake and their requirements for different kinds of spaces – wherever people are working.

After each speaker there will be a short session of focused Q&A

Panel session 

Following the speaker sessions, for the remainder of the meeting there will be open Q&A for you to put your comments, questions and ideas to all the speakers.

The meeting will be via Zoom – click here to register

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