The term ‘agile working’ has become extremely popular among modern businesses. Agile working goes beyond just flexible working and focuses on eliminating barriers to improve workplace efficiency and performance.
The British Computer Society provides the following definition of agile working:
“Agile working is a way of working in which an organisation empowers its people to work where, when and how they choose – with maximum flexibility and minimum constraints – to optimise their performance and to do their best work”.
Adopting agile working patterns can enhance workplace productivity, boost employee satisfaction, and increase revenue. With that in mind, here are four steps to enhance agile working in your office:
Step 1: Introduce hot desking
Hot desking has become the norm in many modern offices. It is a flexible workspace system where desks and workstations are used by different employees at different times, on an ad hoc basis.
Hot desking offers several benefits when compared to traditional office seating systems. Firstly, it encourages team collaboration and improves professional relationships. Hot desking will also optimise office space and reduce associated costs by up to 30% according to workspacedesign.co.uk.
Hot desking gives employees more flexibility and freedom to choose where they want to sit and work. Many employees prefer flexible seating arrangements and hot desking should have a positive impact on staff morale and productivity in your office.
Step 2: Install hot lockers
One issue with agile work environments is that employees don’t have a permanent desk or workstation to store their personal belongings. Hot lockers are the perfect addition to agile work environments. They give your employees a secure personal space to store their belongings and valuables.
At eLocker, our hot locker management system allows employees to choose a locker via a mobile app and then access the locker using a contactless ID card. This streamlines locker allocation and gives your team the freedom to choose a locker that suits their needs.
Using contactless hot lockers adds another element to your agile work environment and can contribute to greater productivity and job satisfaction.
Step 3: Allow remote work
Agile work is about letting your employees work at a place and time that suits their needs. This means enabling your team members to work remotely or during non-office hours. You can support remote workers by setting clear expectations, using real-time communication tools like WhatsApp, and providing equipment and tools e.g. a company laptop and essential software.
Remote work allows employees to work when they are most productive. Flexible workers also tend to be happier and more loyal employees, with 91% of employees saying that they would like to work from home at least some of the time.
Step 4: Have trust in your team
If you want to build an agile business, then you need to trust your employees and let them do their jobs without micromanaging. Invest in the recruitment process and make sure that you hire the right staff. Look for motivated team members that will support your company culture and business goals.
Agile work patterns are becoming essential in the modern workplace. Agile workplaces are designed for maximum flexibility and empower teams to work where, how and when they choose. Research carried out by BPS World shows that 67% of agile workplaces report a significant improvement in productivity.
Get in touch with our team if you’d like to discuss how hot lockers can enhance agile working in your office. You can also read our company brochure to find useful information on smart lockers and their benefits.