In this modern time of 2017, workplace management continues to advance and develop as time progresses. Here at Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA), we have been advocates for workplace research, specifically in regard to how different workplace management styles and workplace designs impact employee culture, workplace productivity and cognitive performance. Agile working is an approach that we find is significantly impactful in these areas. For those asking, “What is agile working?” – it is an approach that enables people to work when, where and how they choose – in order for them to do their best work every day. In this blog piece, we will be discussing how flexible working is taking the world my storm.
Here is the UK Government’s definition: “Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee’s needs, e.g. having flexible start and finish times, or working from home.” So this is in part about where people work, but it is also about the hours and patterns of work. The right to apply for Flexible Working exists under law in the UK and often the arrangements agreed become contractual between employer and employee.
The terms agile and flexible working are often used interchangeably and there are no universally agreed definitions. To learn more about the difference between agile working and flexible working click here. The truth is, an agile workplace commonly embraces flexible working to enhance the employee workplace experience.
At Advanced Workplace Associates, we have seen a steady increase in the level of interest and of adoption of flexible styles of working. We can confidently say the number of UK organisations that are implementing agile environments continues to grow and flexible working continues to gather momentum. 53% of full time employees said that flexible working is encouraged at their workplace – according to POWWOWnow, and levels of takeup are growing. It is also recorded that 67% of those surveyed wish they could adopt flexible working.=
Ultimately, the desire is growing and with it comes the opportunity to introduce more agility in the workplace – benefitting both organisation and individuals. It is also an opportunity to review your workplace management approach to ensure this evolves alongside the changing needs of the organisation.
Here at AWA, we walk the talk. Our organisation was set up 25 years ago along agile lines and our associates, who are all Not only are they engaged, but we work hard to ensure that we have all the ingredients that knowledge worker productivity requires.
If you would like to discuss an aspect of implementing, maintaining or training for agile / flexible ways of working, please call an AWA workplace consultant so that we can help you formulate the right approach for your business. To get in contact please call +44 207 743 7110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also happy to book an appointment at our UK based office at 40 Gracechurch Street, London EC3V 0BT.