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Our agile working services

Our agile working services span six key areas:

What is agile working?

Working in offices can cause problems. Sitting down all day in a poor environment can lead to musculoskeletal disorders, eye issues and physical inactivity, leading to cardiovascular diseases, poor work-life balance and mental health problems. As we know, this all translates as a drop in organisational productivity and performance. Thanks to Internet technologies such as cloud storage systems, video conferencing, smartphones, tablets, laptops and greater access to WiFi, we no longer need to be shackled to our office desks. This idea is known as agile or activity based working. With agile working, work isn’t a place, it’s a series of activities. It values output over input: the quality of work produced, rather than the methods or length of time used to produce it. In well designed workplaces, employees enjoy a more active flexible working life.

They can plan to choose to work from home one day and come into the office the next - depending on their personal and professional commitments. Perhaps they need to complete a task at home before reading a document on their way to see a client on the train, or finish off a report in a quieter, more relaxed environment away from colleagues - like a local library. Different people are inspired and motivated by different environments. Trusting employees to get on with the job autonomously changes the workplace dynamic. It encourages individuals to take ownership over projects and to exercise greater integrity. That is: wanting to do a good job over needing to do a good job. Agility is the ability to move or act quickly with ease. In business, agility is crucial for success - especially in today’s digital age where market trends and demands shift overnight.

What are the benefits of agile working?

Agility helps us adapt and respond to a market that is - thanks to the Internet, buzzing every hour of every day from all corners of the globe. To hook into this incredible pool of new opportunities, we need to think quickly. We need to adapt to new situations quickly and efficiently and to do that, we need to look at our organisations holistically. Agile organisations can look at the bigger picture. Boosting productivity isn’t always about increasing workloads, or hiring more hands. Sometimes it’s as simple as improving the working environment to reduce absenteeism, or giving greater freedom and autonomy to individuals so they feel empowered to produce a higher quality of work. It may be as simple as providing spaces to encourage thinking. Analysts at Lancaster University’s Work Foundation predict that 70% of UK organisations will be agile by 2020. It’s not hard to see why. Some benefits of well designed agile working include:

  • Lower absenteeism and presenteeism
  • Better work-life balance
  • Foster trust and loyalty
  • Increase physical activity
  • Boost happiness and health
  • Greater collaboration and creativity
  • Resilience to changing market
  • More adaptable to client needs

What to do next?

Get in touch to discuss your next steps, or browse our agile working sections to find your own solutions.