The introduction of more flexible ways of working, often referred to as smart, modern, agile or new ways of working, can mean different things for each organisation. For some, it is a way to reduce real estate costs; for others, internal and external mobility is part of a wider strategy to support service delivery and employee flexibility. Whilst a relatively simple concept, implementing a change in working can be anything but.
It requires careful coordination of space, technology, people policies and protocols and as a result, it often faces resistance and a misunderstanding of what it really is, particularly when the latest or ‘in vogue’ furniture solutions are thrust upon an unsuspecting workforce.
When successfully delivered, the benefits to the organisation can be significant, not only leading to a reduction in the overall property footprint, but also benefits linked to the workforce and wider business. These include reduced workforce costs (recruitment / attrition and absence), increased productivity, greater well-being and increased cross organisation engagement.
Successful implementation of flexible/agile working needs the workforce to feel engaged and part of the solution.
Our proven methodology of detailed stakeholder engagement and unique activity based analysis & survey tools cover the entire workforce, opening up channels of communication for their feedback.
From this we are able to determine how the workplace is to be designed, how new ways of working can be introduced to optimise the space and develop a programme of change activities which enables the workforce to embrace the new environment and realise the associated business benefits.
Contact our team of expert Workplace Consultants for further information.