Office layouts can significantly impact a business – affecting morale, efficiency and talent retention, and consequently the success of the business. By understanding how people work, we can identify beneficial work environments in order to achieve maximum productivity levels and allow staff the best space to do their work.
So, what type of working environment best fits your company?
Agile, or activity-based, workspaces have increased in popularity and seen as an attractive model type for employees with many companies now choosing to develop this workspace style.
The British Computer Society summarises ‘agile working’.
“A way of working in which an organization empowers its people to work where, when and how they choose – with maximum flexibility and minimum constraints – to optimize their performance and to do their best work”.
Essentially, an agile workspace provides workers with office space that is flexible and adaptable to their needs and specific project and job-related activities, characteristically utilizing a non-assigned seating model to foster collaboration and maximise space.
Agile spaces can include:
- Collaboration spaces
- Breakout and ‘café inspired’ spaces
- Private / quiet spaces
- Team meeting space
- Phone conversation spaces
- Wellness rooms
- Hot desking options
One of the main advantages of agile working is productivity levels with many businesses reporting a significant increase to their employee’s creativity and productivity. However, this model may not be achievable or viable for many businesses, depending on their work type, space and size. There are many other options to consider when choosing your ideal office space.