Is now a good time to consider Agile Working?
Posted on 22nd August 2020 at 11:51
Usually, it takes something new or unexpected to make us review the status quo and undoubtedly the last few months have certainly been both new and unexpected. Many of us would have been forced to work in a totally different way, so the question is what is going to be the norm, in terms of working practice, once we return to a Covid free world?
Agile working incorporates dimensions of time and place flexibility, but also involves doing work differently focusing more on performance and outcomes. It offers a solution for many companies but they must prepare and organise themselves to take advantage of this opportunity.
Ask yourself these 4 simple questions about Agile Working?
By mapping out the answers to these 4 questions you will be able to assess which teams are and maybe are not suitable for agile working.
What requirements do we need for Agile Working?
Everyone has to buy into flexibility, for those who are not able to work outside the office then they have to be incorporated in the space planning procedure.
Technology is key as your staff will need to be home enabled or be able to book a desk at work.
Change in management style & skill set as teams will work more remotely it will take more organisation by their team leaders.
Work place environments the office needs to undergo design changes to accommodate these changes.
For many businesses the office building is the focal point, a sense of community, and in many ways reflects the company’s values and style. With a move towards agile working it is imperative that attention is paid to the space planning and design.
More successful offices incorporate different areas or zones aimed at different ways of working. The days of ‘My Desk My Pedestal’ are over as the work place furniture has to reflect these different approaches. Storage needs to be addressed as some company files needing to be digitised and staff members need their own personal storage space for when they are in the office.
Booths and pods will accommodate Skype or Zoom calls along with small meetings and quiet space. The retention of some larger meeting room space will allow for conference calls, teams to get together or training.
Design and the selection of the breakout furniture are key within the cafeteria allowing for a more vibrant space which will act as both somewhere to step away from work but also build that team bond.
Successful organisations understand the need to keep employees happy, motivated and therefore more productive.
Everyone’s a winner
Employees can address the work-life balance during this process.
Companies can look further afield to recruit and not be hampered by living close to the office.
Reduced commuting time will save employees money.
By reviewing the amount of office space required, company overheads can be reduced.
As employee retention increases recruitment costs will fall as will induction training costs.
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