Agile working is a way of working in which an employer empowers their staff to decide how, when and where they want to work.
Linked to the rise in modern technologies at work, like video conferencing tools and chat messaging, agile working allows employees to work wherever they want. Long gone are the days of being chained to one desk, with a big monitor and a landline phone; employees can work anytime, anywhere, however they like.
The benefits of agile working environments and agile working practices have been well-documented, and there are impressive statistics and case studies to back this up.
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Agile Working Guide: Contents
In this complete guide to agile working, you’ll find information on what it is, how it works, and how to introduce agile working in your business, plus our top tips on agile office space design.
Whether you’re just discovering the definition of agile working or you’re looking for up-to-date information on how to embrace it, check out our complete guide here.
Agile Working Definition
- CIPD agile working definition
- Benefits of agile working for employers
- Benefits of agile working for employees
- Disadvantages for employers and employees
Agile Working Practices
- Differences between flexible working and agile working
- Implementing agile working
- Agile working policies
- How to introduce agile working
Agile Working Environments
- What is an agile working environment?
- Types of agile working environments
- Adapting your office space to agile working
- Flexible workspace in London – including coworking spaces and managed office spaces
- Managed office space case study
Flexible working space in London is already hugely popular, and agile working spaces in other areas of the UK are on the rise too.
Interested in renting an office space built for agile working? Read more about the different types of agile office spaces:
Work.Life Coworking Office Spaces
Our shared office spaces in London, Reading and Manchester allow startups, small businesses and freelancers to reap the benefits of agile working.
A private office in a coworking space is great for businesses who want to save space. If you’re only likely to have some members of staff in the office at any one time, you can account for a few less desks – then, if by any chance your team are all in the office, some can utilise the hotdesking area.
As well as helping businesses save desk space, coworking spaces are great for empowering employees to work when, where and how suits them. With many different features – like a hotdesking area, breakout spaces, private phone booths, meeting rooms, communal areas, focus booths and so on – employees can move around, and work where best suits the type of work they are doing. They can collaborate with their team members, then focus on their own when they need to.
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Yours. by Work.Life Managed Office Spaces
A Yours. managed office space gives bigger businesses the opportunity to embrace agile working.
Using our coworking expertise, Work.Life design and fit out managed office spaces in the same way, with key features that encourage this way of working (hotdesking area, breakout spaces, focus booths, phone booths etc). We know that agile working helps teams work better together, so we provide the agile environment to facilitate great communication, focus and productivity for bigger teams.
Yours. create smarter workspaces to help help businesses save space in the same way. With bigger teams, it’s likely that not all team members need to be in the office at once; so Yours. can help businesses embrace an agile space and agile office design.
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Agile Working: Questions and Answers
Does agile working save money?
Agile working is cost-effective for a number of reasons. It allows companies to use less desk space, increases staff productivity, and boosts employee satisfaction, which usually equates to higher employee retention rates.
By adopting agile working practices, businesses can save money on real estate and resources. Allowing employees to work where and how best suits their work usually results in less desks being used at any one time, and maximum utilisation of the space. Agile office design enables companies to use their space in the most effective ways, meaning that they can pay for slightly smaller square footage.
For teams, agile working is a great way to save costs without making any drastic changes to company infastructure. It doesn’t necessarily change how hard team members work, nor the way in which they interact with each other; but may just mean that they don’t sit at the same desk day-in, day-out, and they have some leeway on working hours. By deciding to work in an agile way, teams can move around in a way that suits their work, boosting productivity levels and increasing ownership over their own work. Companies can save money by allowing their staff to work flexibly and productively, saving desk space at the same time.
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Does agile working really work?
In a word, yes. Companies of different sizes have embraced agile working and reported great results in terms of productivity, reduced costs, extended service hours, and mobility, as well as branding and reputation. Agile working enables team leaders and team members to work flexibly; which instils a sense of trust in employees, and encourages staff to take full ownership over their own work.
While agile working is popular, it hasn’t yet been embraced by every company, so it helps to give businesses a competitive edge in terms of talent recruitment, staff retention and customer service.
Is agile working the same as remote working?
Agile working and remote working are not the same thing; but agile working can include remote working or working from home.
By employing agile working practices, businesses will allow staff to work when, where and how best suits the type of work they are doing. This doesn’t necessarily have to include remote working, but often agile working employers will have a WFH policy in place, to increase flexibility and mobility.
Agile working after COVID-19
The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced many businesses to work fully remotely in order to keep operating. Businesses who already embraced agile working policies may well have found this transition easier, because they already followed key agile working principles such as:
Prioritisation – Agile working methodology includes making sure individuals and teams are focused, and have clear priorities in place.
Agile leadership – Managers may not always be around their employees, but can manage them remotely. Team leaders and team members understand how to communicate in an effective way when they’re not in the same place.
Use of digital tools – Usually, companies who embrace agile working are familiar with tech tools that facilitate this. Skype, Zoom, Slack, Microsoft Teams and Google Hangouts will probably be familiar to agile workers, so the transition to using solely these methods to communicate won’t have been huge.
But nonetheless, COVID-19 has forced many companies to work in a very agile way, communicating with each other remotely and digitally, potentially working different hours to normal and with different team members, due to many companies furloughing members of staff.
This follows a more agile way of working than many businesses will ever have known – and may have shown companies that they can work in this way effectively. Find out more about flexible workspace solutions after COVID here.