Agile Working | Defined & Implemented

Agile or Activity-based working is the term used to describe the shift from a static, desk-based culture to a workplace strategy allowing staff a choice of settings for a different activities.

It goes further than "flexible working" which offers the choice of Time (i.e. when to do the work) and Location (i.e. where to work). Agile Working offers a further level of flexibility - How to work. By recognising that not all tasks are best completed in a traditional desk setting, agile working allows people to decide themselves where is the most suitable work setting for them to complete their task; focusing on outcomes rather than process. Spaces are designed to create flow from intense, focused work to impromptu meeting areas and formal meeting rooms, depending on the tasks that an individual is undertaking. It empowers your staff to choose their working style and allows your business to contract and expand in demand of headcount without expensive change management and alterations to the built environment.

The Benefits of Agile

Benefits to the Employee

From the Employee context the advantages are even more enriching. By giving a higher degree of autonomy, staff exhibit greater levels of engagement and loyalty, are slower to leave thanks to the ability to change working habits to compensate for changes in personal circumstances.  The Agile approach allows women to re-enter the workforce after motherhood and can help more senior executives to reduce their tempo without the organisation losing their valuable foresight and experience. 

The key benefits to the individual:

  • Autonomy & self-determination 
  • Personal productivity
  • Reduced travel time/stress – and related costs
  • Improved work:Life Balance
  • Increased well-being, health & happiness

Benefits to the Employer

Not only will employees benefit from incorporating the agile concept into your workplace. Companies themselves will reap the benefits from increased productivity,  staff retention, recruiting more skilled workers over competitors and more capacity! Below is a model of the same space in a more traditional (rows of desks) format and below a Vibrant Agile workspace. You may lose a few rows of desks, but the flexibility, happiness and productivity will more than make up for it. There are more collaboration spaces allowing communication between staff to improve. And we all know how many problems come down to "miscommunication" and a lack of teamwork. The welfare and dining area also has a big improvement. Happier healthier staff means less sick days!

The key benefits to the employer:

  • Increased staff retention & engagement
  • Increased productivity
  • Reduced costs