04/09/2013 08:32 BST | Updated 03/11/2013 05:12 GMT

The Myths of Activity Based Working

Activity based working has had a lot of bad press lately. There have been articles about the woes of open plan, the cultural damage of remote working and the over-collaboration of the workplace. But to declare these evidence of the failure of ABW is to throw the baby out with the bathwater. I think much of this backlash boils down to a fundamental misunderstanding of what ABW is, and what it isn't.

Myth #1: Everyone hot desks.

"ABW means everyone will just float about willy nilly, with no place to call home." (I actually heard a presenter say this at a conference and had to be restrained.) Activity Based Working means offering up a variety of worksettings. And while some b