Comparing Workspace Terms

What is an open office vs. an activity-based workplace?

An open office is a workplace design with few or no barriers between workstations, while an activity-based workplace provides a variety of spaces for different work activities. An open office promotes collaboration and communication, while an activity-based workplace provides more flexibility and autonomy for employees to choose their work environment.

In an open office, employees typically have a dedicated desk or workstation, but they may be in a large room with coworkers. This type of layout can foster a sense of community and encourage spontaneous interactions and idea-sharing. However, it can also lead to distractions and a lack of privacy, which can negatively impact productivity and job satisfaction.

In contrast, an activity-based workplace provides a range of spaces designed for specific work activities, such as private workstations, collaborative areas, quiet rooms, and social spaces. Employees can choose the space that best suits their needs and preferences, allowing for more flexibility and autonomy in their workday. This type of workplace design can also help reduce distractions and increase productivity but may require more investment in technology and infrastructure to support multiple work environments.