The Agile Office: Flexibility Equals Productivity

Your office is likely a mix of people, personalities, and work styles. For years, we have forced people to work in the same office setups: desks, or cube farms, for employees, offices for managers, and conference rooms with signup sheets. This configuration can easily lead to a lack of collaboration, while creating entitlement zones.

A flexible environment where workers can move between areas depending on tasks and needs can dramatically increase productivity. Not only that, but the flexibility and culture can increase speed and work output, while cutting down on employee turnover.

Flexibility by task 

By creating spaces where workers can gather in different areas as their work dictates, teams can move quickly and function more efficiently. If you need a shared workspace, a quiet area, or even a private area, it’s easy to transition. Increased communication leads to increased productivity.

Have you noticed that sometimes the best interactions in an office happen in random places: hallways, break rooms, by the coffee machine. Flexibility creates more spontaneous interactions and “walk by” input. 

Flexibility by Technology 

Shared spaces have technology that travels. Whether it’s docking stations for laptops that move with employees, or shared computers, there needs to be the ability to effortlessly move between workspaces.

By having access to the right tech, it also allows employees the flexibility to work anywhere in the office. Creating tech zones allows for the capability to pull in resources as needed.

Flexibility by Time

An agile workspace fosters teamwork. It also takes work out of the long-standing cycle of work/break/work/lunch. Creative teams will develop their own schedules structured around task completion.

Creating a Flexible Culture

Anybody in business knows a company’s culture is what drives its workforce. A great culture usually lead to great results and keep workers engaged. Flexibility helps attract and retain employees by creating a shared mission.

It’s not just business owners and managers that enjoy the benefits of a flexible workspace. A Harvard Business study reports more than a third of employees would choose an agile workplace over a pay raise. U.S.-based electronics retailer Best Buy reported a 45% reduction in staff turnover after adopting an agile office and flexible culture, according to the Telegraph. By giving your employees freedom, it creates a sense of trust.

Still Not Convinced?

Check out these real-world results from Enterprise Advanced Marketing when they switched to an agile office environment, according to a Harvard University case study:

  • Product innovation cycles accelerated by 75%
  • Productivity increased by an average of 200%
  • Some work groups increased productivity by 800%

Ready to Make The Move? 

Agile office can provide increased productivity, flexibility, better collaboration, and cost savings.

If you want more information on virtual offices, executive office rentals or shared workspaces, contact the professionals at Agile Offices.

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