Studio Alliance founder member Capexus explores the potential of an agile approach to office design.
In a corporate environment, the word “agile” is most often related to project management. An agile project management means adaptability and allows for a rapid change of direction where needed. Increased flexibility is also at the heart of an agile workplace.
The aim of an agile office aims is to give employees the broadest possible range of options for where, how and when to work. Collaboration is key and any real or ideal walls between subordinates and superiors are torn down. So what does an agile workplace look like and what does the transition from a traditional work model to an agile one look like?
The core elements of an agile workplace include:
Most spaces in the office should be easily accessible to its employees, enabling them to choose the most suitable setting for the activities they are carrying out. Accessibility can be achieved through the office design, ensuring a visual zoning of the open space and a clever use of partitions, which provide privacy but do not turn the office into a sequence of small cubes.
Non user-friendly environments and unergonomic furniture is proven to decrease employee productivity. An agile workplace must be flexible, but most importantly tailored to the comfort of its end users. Money saved on comfort will be wasted on employee productivity.
Support for creativity
Creativity is one of the pillars of an agile workplace environment. From interactive tools to furniture, employees should have a range of options available to them to support their different tasks.
Some activities require a high concentration level. Quiet areas or acoustic booths where noise and distractions can’t intrude should be included in the range of spaces offered.
Modular furniture can help create an adaptable space even if the premises are small, creating spaces that can be easily transformed from individual working spots to shared spaces for relaxation or brainstorming.
The added value of an agile approach
Greater employee satisfaction
Fulfilled employees are both productive and reliable. Businesses that choose to take an agile approach to their workplaces are more likely to retain their staff, saving on time and expenses associated with a higher workforce turnover.
Collaboration is at the heart of an agile approach, encouraging colleagues to meet and exchange ideas.
Reduced carbon footprint
Agile offices are likely to require less space. As a direct result, businesses will save on rent, energy consumption and operational costs. There will also be a reduction in carbon footprint, something that many employees appreciate today.
More freedom and independence for employees
Allowing people to freely manage their day and the processes behind all their daily tasks will improve their mental wellbeing, boosting productivity while providing a greater sense of responsibility for their activities.
What can we find in a truly agile office?
Every company has its own ethos, culture and very unique needs – so agile workplaces can come in many forms. Nevertheless, here are some essential features that can be expected in any agile office space:
- Quiet areas (acoustic booths, soundproof spaces, individual rooms)
- Relaxation and teamwork zones
- Client meeting zones
- Inspiring spaces that support creative thinking
- Information and research spaces
- Equipped kitchens with seating areas
For whom does an agile workplace work best?
Businesses that focus on goals versus the number of employees present in the office are the most likely to benefit and buy into an agile workplace approach. This working style is a great match for start-ups but can also be beneficial to bigger and potentially more traditional companies.
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