Get more from your future places of work
Today’s workplaces are a complex combination of social, digital and physical environments embracing the home, the office, mobile and co-working space. We work with you to develop a blueprint for your future workplaces.
What we do
We’re experienced workplace strategists. We use science, evidence and ingenuity to establish the right conditions to support individuals, teams and communities to do their best work – wherever they’re based.
In a nutshell we…
- Collaborate with leaders to develop the future vision for work
- Understand your current workplace experience and lease break opportunities
- Research and visualise the future workplace experience you need for success
- Determine infrastructure needs
- Build the strategy
- Design the workplace experience
We've developed innovative workplace strategies for some of the most respected organisations on the planet
Why do you need a workplace strategy?
Implementing your unique workplace strategy is a crucial step on the way to business success
We provide answers to the questions our clients frequently ask us:
- What purposes does our workplace serve?
- What forms of working would be best for us?
- Do we need an office and how much space do we need?
- Where should our office be located?
- How do we make maximise our commitment to sustainability?
- What services should we provide to staff who often work from home?
Reduction in the space occupied by the British Heart Foundation as part of a cultural change made possible thanks to AWA’s guidance.
Case study: British Heart Foundation
Amount of money saved annually by WTW (Willis Towers Watson) in real estate costs around the world after acting on tailored analysis by AWA.
Case study: WTW
Trusted by leading companies
"AWA's consultant team are able to interact with our people at all levels and the service they provide feels personal and tailored to our needs. The diligence with which they explore our practices and provide us with insightful feedback is impressive, which is why we come back to them time and again."
"We were looking for a partner with a demonstrable global track record, deep understanding of workplace strategy and change with a community of real experts globally.”
"AWA has been a great resource of global data and research for us regarding agile, hybrid and the world of working. They are responsive, willing to question assumptions, and work as a partner to help us make good decisions."
“We have worked with AWA for more than five years and value the collaborative partnership we have with them. They have supported the ongoing evolution of our workplace, providing deep insights and extensive expertise. With their help, we've been able to create a transformational space which supports our hybrid working approach and transforms our culture and ways of working to become more agile and innovative.”
“Mintel has worked successfully with AWA for over a decade on several major projects. We chose them for their expertise and experience at the cutting edge of understanding workplaces. They lead the industry with well-crafted research to understand the dynamic workplace landscape and help solve the real-world issues of operating successfully in a changing world.”
“I have enjoyed working closely with AWA. I have felt supported, they have always been available to discuss challenges and options and have always responded promptly, constructively and positively with solutions and alternative ideas for consideration.”
“AWA’s insights allowed us to create a blueprint of alternative space types that we’ve used to inform the repurposing of space across our nationwide estate.”
We take an evidence-based approach to workplace strategy to reflect our clients’ unique DNA
The battle to recruit and retain staff is more competitive than ever
Your workplace experience needs to set you apart from other organisations.
Get it right and your workplace experience sends positive messages about your business. Get it wrong and you lose the battle.
We regard employees as workplace ‘consumers’. Our approach to workplace experience design is underpinned by competitive research and science.
By incorporating creative design thinking and breaking the user experience down into a series of touchpoints, we deliver a sophisticated management of services, environments and leadership styles to provide unique workplace experiences.
We work with C-suite leaders
We work with leaders and people across your organisation through an engaging discovery process to answer the following questions:
- What is your business trying to achieve?
- How does your organisation operate?
- How can work and place be used as a source of competitive advantage?
- What kind of workplace experience do you need for the future?
We maximise the value from your workplace
We undertake detailed forensic studies to inform strategy development. Our innovative strategies deliver increased staff productivity by enhancing the use of office space and workplace technology.
Our scenario modelling capability, for example, enables us to provide answers to questions such as:
- How will different workplace strategies impact carbon emissions?
- How can we prepare for the growth of artificial intelligence?
- Which locations will be most successful in attracting and retaining the best talent?
Average attendance in offices globally, according to our Hybrid Working Index 3 report.
Creating a new workplace design that reflected Bupa’s priorities
As part of a long-term collaboration, we supported the business as it moved to hybrid working. We consolidated three buildings into one new facility in Manchester and completed the right-sizing of regional offices across the country.
Assisting Omnicom’s adoption of agile working
Our change management and agile working programme established a consistent standard for all Omnicom-affiliated agencies around the world.
WHY WORK WITH US?
At AWA we’ve been helping organisations navigate a path to agile models of working for more than 30 years.
Our scientific research and understanding of neuroscience underpin all of our work
Our tailored approach
We understand the challenges your business faces, but don’t arrive with pre-conceived solutions
We’re global, yet local
We have a community of expert consultants across the world who can be relied upon to deliver industry-leading advice that incorporates local sensitivities
We’re fiercely independent
Our solutions and advice are objective and evidence-backed. We're on your side and uninfluenced by commercial drivers
Since 1992 we've been at the forefront in supporting some of the world’s leading organisations to implement new models of work
OUR SUCCESS STORIES
We’ve helped our clients get their workplace right
Evolving behaviours to optimise the workplace at the University of Manchester
During a nine-month pilot scheme we analysed data and worked with academics and professional services staff to test future workplace solutions, build trust and develop new ways of working.
How we improved wellbeing and increased productivity at the Central England Co-operative
The retailer benefited from greater levels of collaboration after we supported it to implement a range of workplace settings tailored to its needs.