Here at Qubiti we believe agile working can help attract and retain employees, increase productivity, reduce office space costs and lead to more sustainable operations. So, I thought it would be interesting to explore what this term really means and how Qubiti go about creating the agile office…
So, what is agile working?
Traditional ways of working see employees sat at the same desk in the office ‘9 'til 5’. This can provide employees with routine and stability but at Qubiti we think this can suffocate collaboration and innovation – the very cornerstones needed for businesses to survive and thrive in today’s fast paced modern environment.
Agile working provides flexibility, enabling employees to work when, how and where they choose in order to improve their performance. That might include working from home or a café as well as from the office. It makes the workplace work for all generations – and is believed to reduce the need for office space by up to 30%.
We believe this requires the right culture, the right people, the right technology and the right space – and a lot of trust – but it doesn’t mean removing all structure. Agile working is about finding the right balance for your business and your employees.
Agile office furniture for different activity spaces
An agile workplace is designed around the activities of employees such as quiet spaces for telephone calls and creative spaces for brainstorming and sharing ideas. Creating an agile workplace requires a range of furniture for different activity spaces:
- Space for process work
Day to day activities require desk space but this doesn’t necessarily mean traditional desks. Bench desks enable hot desking and free up space in the office to be tailored to other activities. Sit stand desks provide flexibility and are seen to be better for employee health and well being.
- Collaboration space
Different types of collaboration call for different types of furniture. Formal meetings and presentations are likely to require traditional meeting rooms with boardroom tables and chairs. Brainstorming and team meetings may be more productive in less formal, more creative environments – in armchairs, in QPods or canteen chairs with round tables.
- Focus space
Telephone calls and work that requires concentration call for private spaces without the noise and distractions of open plan offices. Booths or pods like our very popular QPod provide an ideal focus space and can be designed for single or multiple users. High back sofas or chairs also provide privacy.
- Relaxation spaces
Everyone needs relaxation time whether that’s to eat and drink or take time out if overwhelmed or stressed. You don’t need huge amounts of space for a bar top and high stools to encourage employees to take lunch and refreshments away from their desks. If you don’t have room for a relaxation room, then a few lounge chairs behind an acoustic screen could give employees the space they need to unwind and refresh.
If you would like to find out more about the Agile office, then Qubiti would love to hear from you. Call us now on 01387 442919 or email on email@example.com