Hot desking, flexible working, activity based working, task orientated workspaces. This is the language of how we work in the 21st century. But how does it affect the workforce? Whilst many operate better with a more dynamic working style, are others uncomfortable without personal space?
Whilst our world is increasingly digital, our need for human contact is ever present. Creative idea generation is often the result of chance moments. Successful organisations recognise the power of putting people at the centre of business. An effective workforce feels they belong, that they have a sense of purpose and can easily create productive connections.
Interestingly, BT was an early adopter of home working. 15,000 people became home workers, freeing up a substantial amount of space. But now that number has halved. Feedback shows people are happy to be back in offices if they can be more agile within them. Indeed, through the projects we complete at Reflex, we have seen a marked growth in those centred around non-desk areas such as café’s and breakout areas.
Businesses are no longer able to ignore the crossover of personal mobile devices into the work territory, especially when it comes to wearable tech. Rather than banning such devices from the office, a mature, realistic approach to data security and privacy can help staff have a sense of wellbeing and comfort by bridging the gap between home and office technologies. This can be further supported by the use of familiar interfaces and usability, such as touch screens that replicate the way phones and tablets are used.
Ultimately it’s about enabling individuals to work the way they feel most productive – be that sat at their own desk, hot desking between locations or based from a home office. Agile working supports this, a way of working in which people are empowered to work where, when and how they choose. Technology allows people to choose a way of working that suits them, without having to consider the traditional limitations of physical place and time.
What do you think, do you use an agile approach and if so, how do you keep agile workers feeling engaged? #flexibleworking or leave a comment on this blog. If you need advice on agile working technologies please contact the Reflex team.