Give Workers More Freedom For Increased Efficiency
Agile working is changing the world of business. Is it time for your organisation to be more flexible?
86% of people would be willing to change jobs if an agile working environment is promised. Additionally, some would happily relinquish a percentage of their salary in order to accommodate such a move according to the findings of a Jobsite survey. Agile working moves away from the idea of the traditional workplace and provides employees with much more control over how they work. By designing a physical layout equipped with the right furniture and tech to assist agile working, companies must also adopt a more flexible workplace culture to give employees an increased sense of freedom. Employers who are willing to adjust their mindset and business model will be rewarded with increased productivity from their staff.
Understanding Agile Working
Flexible working has moved far beyond the promise of allowing employees to simply ‘work from home’. In some cases, employees can feel isolated when they’re stuck in their home office without the ability to liaise with the rest of the team. Agile working goes a step further and provides employees with the freedom to work when, where and how best it suits them. Allowing this ability to base themselves at home, in the office or anywhere else, thanks to innovations in technology and a company mindset that embraces this agile way of life, has many benefits for the employer.
Benefits for the Employer
A recent poll of 1,500 workers found that not only are they more productive as agile workers, but they also take less leave than their office-based counterparts who are working fixed hours. Employers are starting to realise that it doesn’t matter so much when or where the work gets done, the focus is that it gets done and to the best of the employee’s ability. As agile working is proven to boost levels of productivity, there’s every reason for employers to look into how this greater flexibility could work in their organisation. Overheads will also be radically reduced as organisations can work from smaller premises and rely on hotdesking.
Getting It Right
Of course, for employers to become fully invested in agile working, it’s important not to just ‘leave them to it’. Successfully agile environments are created when the employer has taken the time to make flexibility a priority.
Furniture selection and your office layout should be a key focus. Your choices in design should reflect the need for each task to be carried out efficiently in the office, with an understanding that each task is different. Your design should accommodate sociable seating areas for collaboration with colleagues when needed, as well as quieter rooms for meetings or for taking a conference call.
In terms of technology, utilising the right type of software is important to ease communication and avoid excessive chains of emails or longwinded meetings. Smart storage for offices provides convenience for employees who can hold personal and valuable items such as laptops, tablets and a change of work clothes in a locker that can be operated from a smartphone. These are ideal for hotdesking environments where agile workers don’t need to be based at a fixed desk.
Agile working is the future of business. If you want to have lower overheads and greater staff retention and productivity, then it’s time to think flexibly and provide your employees with everything they need to do a great job!