Everything You Need to Know About Agile Working

26-08-2021

Working environments have changed dramatically over the past year many with businesses having to embrace new styles of working to accommodate these changes. The increase in working from home and the use of virtual spaces has resulted in the adoption of agile working practices, a buzzword you may have heard a lot recently.  

What was once a concept for a few large companies is becoming the new ‘norm’ for small and big businesses alike, however, many have been left confused about how they can implement this new style and have struggled to see the benefits.  

Changing to a more collaborative and flexible working pattern creates several opportunities for any business, but your office space and business must be able to accommodate these changes. 

What is Agile Working? 

Many of you may be reading this and are probably wondering, “what is agile working?” So, what actually is it? 

Unlike flexible working which only incorporates flexible working hours, agile working goes far beyond this. It empowers employees to work when, how, and where they want, enabling them to work to the height of their abilities and increase their performance. As defined by the Agile Future Forum, agile working is divided into 4 areas, these are time (when they work), location (where they work), role (what their job is) and source (who carries out work) [1].  

Agile working is achieved by the office space and layout, and the lesser-known but equally important factors such as company policy and technology. As it has a lot to do with aims, outcomes, and drivers, it must become part of the company culture and attitude for the benefits to be fully received. 

Why Integrate Agile Working into your Business? 

A common misconception to agile working is that it only benefits the employees, however, this is far from the truth with 63% of managers linking growth in revenue directly to flexible working [2].  

Optimises Space 

By creating an open-plan office space, you can save on the costs of a traditional office desk setup. As staff can choose exactly when and where they want to work, it is likely they will not be in the office at the same time, therefore, desk space can be reduced.  

Breakout areas and more unconventional meeting points can be integrated throughout the space instead, creating a more collaborative environment. 

Increases Productivity and Engagement 

In allowing a variety of spaces to work in such as; thinking booths, meeting rooms, open-plan offices or working from home; productivity and engagement are likely to increase as employees can pick what environment works best for them depending on the task at hand.  

For example, a task requiring high levels of concentration would be hard to complete in a noisier open-plan office. On the flip side, tasks needing collaboration and to bounce ideas off of each other can be done in the breakout spaces. 

Increases Employee Satisfaction 

By trusting your employees to pick when and where they work, it has been reported to increase the satisfaction felt within their role. In fact, 70% of workers feel that positions that offer flexible working make the role more attractive to them [3].  

The work culture will become more transparent and productivity will be measured by the quality of work, not the time spent at a desk. Because of this, employees will feel valued by the company and will want to work harder to achieve company goals.

 

Agile working is good for both the employer and the employee, but both must embrace and integrate agile working on all levels to feel the benefits. 

If you would like to read more about agile working, you can follow the link to our landing page here, or you can click the links below to be taken to our other blogs about future workspaces. 

Adapting the Workforce Environment for 2021

The Impact of Your Workplace Environment

Our Four Drivers to Future Workspaces

 

  Sources:

[1] Agile Future Forum https://www.agilefutureforum.co.uk/agile-future-forum-findings/ 

[2] Enei https://www.enei.org.uk/diversity-inclusion/excellence-in-diversity-inclusion/agile-working/#_ftn2 

[3] Pow Wow Now https://powwownow.co.uk/smarter-working/flexible-working-statistics-2017/