They say that being up in the air is a great moment to overthink your (working) life. I have been up in the air quite a lot over the last few years (I’m actually writing this article whilst travelling to visit a client in New York). And yes, I’m grateful for these momentums to be detached from every day life and have some reflection time. In this case time to reflect on Activity Based Working (ABW) from an international perspective.
More global demand for Activity Based Working
Activity Based Working (or implementing New Ways of Working) is getting more interest across the globe. Our ABW programs with Macquarie Bank, Commonwealth Bank and PwC are well-known and much published showcases in Australia. More recently we are helping companies like Volvo, Skanska and Atlas Copco in the Scandinavian market.
And we continue to explore international opportunities because we enjoy utilising our 20 years of experience in guiding clients on their own journey. And you might not have expected but also in countries like India and Hungary – to name a few, based on first hand experience – organisations are considering Activity Based Working. Maybe it hasn’t fully taken off yet in these parts of the world but it will. I have come to the conclusion that people and their specific needs are not that much different across different cultures. It’s the national cultures, the economic circumstances and the organisational cultures that determine readiness for ABW.
Willingness to change
And the ABW readiness depends strongly on the ambitions and goals that companies are trying to achieve with ABW. This ranges from flexible working environments and cost-savings to transforming organisational cultures. In the latter case change is not necessarily a singular destination but rather about developing organisational resilience so that people can rapidly and effectively capitalise on the opportunities of a shifting market. The change then is focused on developing individual entrepreneurship and offering employees freedom to act accordingly.
Happy effective autonomous employees
For me it’s about happy and effective employees. They can experience high levels of autonomy, are grateful for that, and in return take full accountability for outcomes they promised. I enjoy helping organisations and people achieving this. Based on our strong belief in harmonising working and private lives and our wealth of experience we continue to be at the forefront of smart ways of working. I strongly belief that we learn from our international experiences and what it could mean for the way we conduct business in all regions.
More articles and ABW case studies of Luc:
- People work more effectively when flexible (Commonwealth Bank Australia)
- Is the United States ready for Activity Based Working?
- One Shelley Street, Sydney (Macquarie Bank)