Agile working – you may have heard this term used in the industry a lot by now, but still haven’t had a solid explanation of what exactly it is, and why it’s so beneficial.
Put simply, agile working is the process of adopting a flexible and productive working environment, by creating a space that utilises technology and customisation. In an agile working space, an individual can work where they want and how they want, depending on how it best suits the task at hand. The idea is to maximise flexibility and minimise limitations.
The ‘Agile Office’ is designed to encourage the flow of ideas and improve productivity through less rigid structures and processes.
It’s no use just knowing what Agile Working is, without understanding what benefits it can bring to a company structure. Here’s some of the benefits that Agile Working can bring:
– Implementing hot desks and other agile furniture means you don’t need a static desk and PC for every single employee. You can have what you need, and it works for people who may be out of the office most days or for people coming and going. This makes your space more cost effective and frees up valuable space.
– It has been proven that an agile office environment gains on average 5 extra hours of productivity per week, per employee (The RSA, 2013). This just goes to show how much staff utilisation can be gained from making your space work for you, as your business becomes more competitive.
– Investing in a new agile office design opens up opportunities for you to take on greener, cleaner, and smarter choices when it comes to furniture, space planning and technology.
– Because agile working is built to work for employees’ productivity, comfort and schedules, having an agile structure in place is very attractive to potential recruits. Not only will you attract new talent with a modern looking space, but you will keep them with an adjustable structure that suits the style in which they work most effectively. Group collaboration style is also encouraged with an agile design.
Whether you want a total overhaul of your processes and structure or would prefer to simply trial some agile practices to see how they benefit your company culture, here are a few questions to ask yourself:
If you’d like to start making your office more agile, either through furniture or a full office re-structure, Powell can deliver an integrated solution to help you in improving your workplace to suit your needs. Check out our recent project at Welsh Government Merthyr Tydfil and how we helped in this agile working pilot.