Should you adopt the agile working approach?

Today’s working environment not only highlights the transition from dedicated workstations to more flexible hot-desking options, but also the growing need for ‘mobile workspaces’. Google, Unilever, BT, BskyB and other prominent organisations are leading the way with a relaxed approach to the office environment. Their culture promotes flexibility in the working environment to ensure maximum creativity and productivity from their workforce. Welcome to agile working. What is agile working? Agile working is best summed up by Paul Allsopp of The Agile Organisation, ‘Agile working is about bringing people, processes, connectivity and technology, time and place together to find the most appropriate and effective way of working to carry out a particular task. It is working within guidelines (of the task) but without boundaries (of how you achieve it).’ Essentially the agile way of working focuses more on the fact that working is an activity rather than a place and shouldn’t necessarily be defined or restricted by the location of the task. Basically, to enable employees to carry out tasks that are not location-dependent. It’s about creating an agile environment that allows work to happen without the constraints of static workstations or equipment, but by providing the necessary technology and peripherals to support workers wherever they choose to work within the office space. This allows them to be mobile and fully connected within the office environment and when off site or working remotely. Think of it as less about where you work and more about how you work. The benefits of an agile working environment Google’s global offices clearly demonstrate the benefits of an agile work environment by providing areas that allow flexibility in how they are used, rather than dictating what function or task they are used for. Their highly effective working environments accommodate agile working methods by incorporating playful design in their interiors. Working spaces are less traditional and static inviting employees to become more mobile within the working environment, allowing departments to easily collaborate on tasks and projects. Relaxation and ‘play’ areas encourage employees to take time out, but enable them to work if they choose to. This relaxed, flexible culture allows employees to take ownership and responsibility of their workload and decide when, where and how to complete it. Would an agile office space benefit your workforce? If your employees are not always in the office, agile working methods allow you to convert static workstations into shared desks by using Universal Docking Stations, therefore adapting to the needs of your workforce. Employees commuting to satellite offices also benefit from the same user experience wherever they are and whatever device they are using, thus aiding productivity. If you believe that your employees would work more efficiently if they were able to interact more effectively with other departments, then yes, agile working methods could be the way forward. The Agile Organisation’s Paul Allsopp believes that, ‘Twentieth century methods are no longer sustainable in 21st Century organisations – as such agile working is no longer a fringe idea but a mainstream concept that no organisation can afford to ignore.’ Implementing an agile way of working So, with Paul Allsopp’s words ringing in your ears, can you afford to turn your back on the increased productivity an agile office space could provide? By rethinking your office layout and providing areas that encourage mobility within the working environment, you allow your employees more choice in how they approach tasks. This flexibility and liberation can motivate, stimulate and encourage increased productivity. Provide areas that allow collaboration, such as brainstorming areas, informal meeting areas and short-term activity areas. Balance with private concentration booths for individuals, relaxation and time-out areas, a cafe or eating area and outdoor space if available. Keeping your workforce mobile Ensure your employees can work from any location on a device of their choice by installing Universal Docking Stations that support bring your own device (BYOD) and choose your own device (CYOD) policies. Provide privacy screens for increased security to protect sensitive and confidential data. And supply secure, robust bags and cases to protect laptops and tablets for when your employees are on the move. Get in touch to find out more on agile working environments Our friendly team is on hand to discuss any questions and provide solutions, such as Universal Docking Stations, to enable agile working in your office environment. Give us a call on 029 808 7546 or contact us by completing a simple form.

Agile Working

Today’s working environment not only highlights the transition from dedicated workstations to more flexible hot-desking options, but also the growing need for ‘mobile workspaces’.

Google, Unilever, BT, BskyB and other prominent organisations are leading the way with a relaxed approach to the office environment. Their culture promotes flexibility in the working environment to ensure maximum creativity and productivity from their workforce. Welcome to agile working.

What is agile working?

Agile working is best summed up by Paul Allsopp of The Agile Organisation, ‘Agile working is about bringing people, processes, connectivity and technology, time and place together to find the most appropriate and effective way of working to carry out a particular task. It is working within guidelines (of the task) but without boundaries (of how you achieve it).’

Essentially the agile way of working focuses more on the fact that working is an activity rather than a place and shouldn’t necessarily be defined or restricted by the location of the task. Basically, to enable employees to carry out tasks that are not location-dependent.

It’s about creating an agile environment that allows work to happen without the constraints of static workstations or equipment, but by providing the necessary technology and peripherals to support workers wherever they choose to work within the office space. This allows them to be mobile and fully connected within the office environment and when off site or working remotely.

Think of it as less about where you work and more about how you work.

The benefits of an agile working environment

Google’s global offices clearly demonstrate the benefits of an agile work environment by providing areas that allow flexibility in how they are used, rather than dictating what function or task they are used for.

Their highly effective working environments accommodate agile working methods by incorporating playful design in their interiors. Working spaces are less traditional and static inviting employees to become more mobile within the working environment, allowing departments to easily collaborate on tasks and projects.

Relaxation and ‘play’ areas encourage employees to take time out, but enable them to work if they choose to. This relaxed, flexible culture allows employees to take ownership and responsibility of their workload and decide when, where and how to complete it.

Would an agile office space benefit your workforce?

If your employees are not always in the office, agile working methods allow you to convert static workstations into shared desks by using Universal Docking Stations, therefore adapting to the needs of your workforce.

Employees commuting to satellite offices also benefit from the same user experience wherever they are and whatever device they are using, thus aiding productivity.

If you believe that your employees would work more efficiently if they were able to interact more effectively with other departments, then yes, agile working methods could be the way forward.

The Agile Organisation’s Paul Allsopp believes that, ‘Twentieth century methods are no longer sustainable in 21st Century organisations – as such agile working is no longer a fringe idea but a mainstream concept that no organisation can afford to ignore.’

Implementing an agile way of working

So, with Paul Allsopp’s words ringing in your ears, can you afford to turn your back on the increased productivity an agile office space could provide?

By rethinking your office layout and providing areas that encourage mobility within the working environment, you allow your employees more choice in how they approach tasks. This flexibility and liberation can motivate, stimulate and encourage increased productivity.

Provide areas that allow collaboration, such as brainstorming areas, informal meeting areas and short-term activity areas. Balance with private concentration booths for individuals, relaxation and time-out areas, a cafe or eating area and outdoor space if available.

Keeping your workforce mobile

Ensure your employees can work from any location on a device of their choice by installing Universal Docking Stations that support bring your own device (BYOD) and choose your own device (CYOD) policies. Provide privacy screens for increased security to protect sensitive and confidential data. And supply secure, robust bags and cases to protect laptops and tablets for when your employees are on the move.

Get in touch to find out more on agile working environments

Our friendly team is on hand to discuss any questions and provide solutions, such as Universal Docking Stations, to enable agile working in your office environment.

Give us a call on 029 808 7546 or contact us by completing a simple form.

 

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