If you spotted up in the Telegraph, you’ll know that we recently shared our experience with implementing agile working.
Agile working focuses on the idea that work is a task, rather than a place to go. With this in mind, staff are free to work where they like in, and even away from the office, granted that the same milestones are reached. Agile working may even incorporate some of the same work practices as ‘flexible working’ such as adopting hours around other commitments such as childcare.
Further to helping staff achieve a better work/life balance, agile working can also be hugely cost-effective for businesses as the cost of office overheads sneak up. In our personal experience, carefully planning and re-designing our offices has helped us to scale up. Whilst some of our team still have fixed desks as they prefer to be office based, we ensured that all our workstations were fully adjustable for anyone to work comfortably when they visit PPHQ!
Here are some of our top tips for agile working:
- Better known as hot desks, agile working environments usually work on ‘clean desk policies’. This means that at the end of every workday, all personal items are packed away ready for the next user. Make sure you provide plenty of secure storage
- Carrying around Laptops, tablets, and notepads can start to get heavy. If your work policy requires staff members to work in and out of the office, think about a suitable wheelie bag or rucksack to take the weight
- Not having a fixed workspace causes a DSE conundrum! Make sure staff complete a DSE assessment and know the principles of good workstation setups. This will protect them from related musculoskeletal issues and hopefully dissuade them from working on the sofa!
- Provide staff with compact and lightweight accessories such as a lightweight keyboard, mouse and laptop stand to help them work well whenever, wherever!
- Agile working isn’t for everyone. Make sure you establish who will need a fixed desk before you make the switch to agile working. Have open discussions with the team to see how people really want to work.
- Make sure your furniture can work for everyone. The reality of agile working means that one day a 6 ft 3 person can work at a desk and the next a 4 ft person! Height adjustable desks and ergonomic chairs are a must!
- Make sure you have an amazing I.T company. Local Sussex based company Ingenio combined with a new CRM system have ensured we can work without being tied to the office
- Take a look at our post ‘the Home vs. The office’ to help you decide the best place to work.