Activity based workplace design with Aboot

The physical work environment affects the way we work and collaborate. Inadequate space layouts, a lack of suitable rooms for meetings or concentrated work, noise and other issues can all result in wasted time and reduced productivity.

How to architect the workplace to boost employees‘ performance? And where to start?

Measure occupancy, activities and interactions

An essential component of designing an activity-based workplace, is to measure how the office space is used.

With ABOOTTM, MCS brings a proven methodology to measure:

  • Activities on the ground (incl. noise levels)
  • Occupancy of meeting rooms and work stations
  • Interactions between individuals within and across teams

Gain insight into the actual way of working

We measure these dimensions frequently, every 30 minutes, at least 12 times a day, in order to provide accurate data (vs. a typical frequency of 4-6/day, resulting in unacceptable error margins).

Data collectors use a tablet to perform measurements at all formal and informal work and meeting spaces, where they identify participants by team. Human data collection can be supplemented with sensor-enabled occupancy and people tracking.

The measurements provide insights into how your workforce actually uses the office space, and where there are opportunities for improving both cost efficiency and the employee experience in the workplace.

Leverage the data to create an optimal activity-based workplace

MCS does not just report on the findings, but translates these into clear recommendations with regard to:

  • The types of space required
  • The optimal mix of space types

The result is a balanced composition of space building blocks, tailored to your business activities and team needs.

This ideal space mix is represented through a generic module that can be slightly adjusted to fit specific situations in terms of teams, buildings or locations.

The model can be used as a company template to roll out across your portfolio of buildings or floors. It will also provide decision support when selecting or constructing a building, blueprinting an office design and layout, and defining supporting facilities and ICT tools.

    Benefits of ABOOTTM for activity-based workplace design

  • Proven methodology backed by data
  • Reliable results through high measurement frequency
  • Includes people interactions, next to occupancy and activities
  • Output is a generic space module that can be rolled out across the organization
  • Flexibility to adjust to organizational and team needs
  • Provides the foundation for designing an activity-based office
  • Enables higher workplace productivity and organizational agility


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