What is agile working?
Posted on 25th July 2019
Agile working is all about creating a flexible and productive environment. By creating different working areas within the office, you can ensure your staff have the complete freedom and flexibility to work where they want, when they want.
We have all heard of flexible working and not making or asking employees work 9am to 5pm. Advances in technology including smartphones and faster broadband, have enabled flexibility. According to an article, many businesses now offer flexible working to help individual employees with their work/life balance, while some go much further, implementing ‘‘agile working’’ practices to enable all staff to work wherever and whenever they want, with the help of the latest technologies.
Another definition is “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.”
But does agile working really allow staff to work more smartly and collaborate on projects more easily or does it just lead to increased confusion and greater security risks?
How to work on agility
• Maintain communication. Web conferencing technology can help
• Sharing desktops and whiteboarding spaces
• Look into cloud-based solutions
• Avoid people not in the office feeling isolated
• Broadband and bandwidth is key
Agile working isn’t for everyone and will not necessarily offer an immediate return on investment. Rather than a project or task management approach, agile work is a strategic initiative, which will rarely succeed if not backed up with the forethought and investment needed to support staff, wherever, and however they work.
If you are thinking of how to adopt agile working into your office space, we can help. For example, laying out your office design in a way that is clear, functional and aids collaboration or socialising will and can help. Designating breakout areas for "chilling out" or relaxing for work and non-work times is also welcomed in today's modern office spaces. You could also consider more open planned working space.
Sources - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/ready-and-enabled/agile-or-unstructured/ and https://habitaction.com/what-is-agile-working/
Read more here https://www.agile.org.uk/what-is-agile-working/
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