Agile working creates an efficient business environment by giving employees the freedom and flexibility to work in different areas of an office, or remotely via hot-desking, when and how they choose. With less constraints and more flexibility, the focus is more about performance and quality and less about where tasks are undertaken. Instant Offices have taken a closer look into Agile Working:
What is Agile Working?
By looking at work as an activity, rather than a place, agile working focuses on eliminating any barriers that stand in the way of achieving objectives. 70% of organisations are predicted to adopt some sort of flexible working by 2020 and agile working is at the heart of this transition to a more adaptable way of viewing the workplace.
Benefits of Agile Working
- Improved quality of working relationships, both internal and client-facing
- Reduced costs
- Increased productivity
- Talent acquisition and retention
In recent years, the demand for more flexible ways of working has increased, and the Manpower Group’s workspace research shows quite definitively that 79% of employees want the option at their current company and this number is even higher among younger generations of workers.
Research by the Agile Future Forum (AFF) found that agile working practices saved 3 -13% of workforce costs, with the potential to increase that from 3% to 7% where agile working practices were implemented more considerably. The AFF also shared a case study which saw the productivity of Black Horse Finance’s new business and fleet operations department grow 10% following the introduction of agile working; colleague engagement also rose by 7%.
Flexible Working Options
Agile working is just one of the ways that employers are offering more flexibility in today’s office environments. By introducing agility to their team and workspace, businesses:
- Give employees the freedom to work in the best location, utilising their time and resources most efficiently
- Reduce the amount of time spent travelling, by not having to always return to your desk to work productively
- Employ recent technological developments into the office to improve efficiency and creativity, e.g. individually kitted-out workspaces for specific work needs, like brainstorm and presentation rooms
- Allow individuals and teams to work closely with one another, improving cross-collaboration on tasks
- Give workers the freedom to develop new, non-traditional working practices, that can improve the way the business operates, e.g. by spending less time in the office, teams have more time to spend with their clients
- Encourage team work in a more open, collaborative space – which does wonders for communication and trust across the team too
There are other ways for employers to ensure that their agile working environment improves office efficiency, that doesn’t include working in traditional leased office space:
A serviced office is, a furnished and fully-equipped pay-as-you-use space within a building managed by an operator. Operators rent single offices or whole floors out to businesses, giving them access to fully-operational office space on flexible terms. This allows a business the flexibility to scale easily.
The open plan, shared environment of a co-working or flexible office spaces gives a business all the benefits of a fully established office without any of the hidden costs of traditional office space and enables employees to work at desks anywhere in the world.
What Does an Agile Working Environment Include?
Common amenities in an agile working environment:
- Regular working: Workstation, Hot-desking
- Regular meeting: Brainstorm area (small), Informal meeting space (large)
- Formal meeting: Boardroom,Audio-visual rooms, Video-conferencing rooms, Glass meeting rooms
- Production areas: Photocopy room, Designated phone call area, Private booths Area for short-term activity
- Refuelling/relaxing: Kitchen, Cafeteria, Outdoor lunch bench set-up and relaxation area,
- Bar area
Business Benefits of Agile Working
Agile working isn’t a “one size fits all” theory, but can unlock value for both the employer and the employee, and with occupier enquiries for flexible workspace having increased 20% year-on-year across the UK in 2016, it’s clear that more businesses are interested in alternatives to traditional office space.
Employees love agile working because it allows them to be more creative and focused and Powwownow’s research shows it, with 70% of workers viewing a job with flexible working options as more attractive than one with a traditional environment. Research also shows that 30% of employees would choose a flexible working environment over a pay rise.
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The Instant Group: Flexible Workspace Specialists
The Instant Group is the global flexible workspace specialist. Underpinned by unrivalled expertise, Instant tailors unique solutions to help businesses of all sizes to grow, drive savings or gain invaluable insight. Established in 1999, The Instant Group has achieved 23% compound growth over the past four years and continues to expand with private equity funding secured from MML Capital in 2012. With offices in London, Berlin, Dallas, New York, Hong Kong and Sydney, The Instant Group employs more than 100 experts and has clients in 113 countries. For more information, visit www.theinstantgroup.com.