The whole landscape of business is evolving – as technology advances, so does everything else. If our technology is evolving, why shouldn’t our office keep up with the times as well? Paul Ashop, the founder of the Agile Organization, affirms that agile working is about “bringing people, processes, connectivity and technology, time and place together to find the most appropriate and effective way of working to carry out a particular task.”
Under this belief, work is considered an activity, not limited by physical space. Performance is more important than being physically present, truthful relationships are valued, and people are favored over property. Traditional bureaucracy is out, while innovation is embraced. We have addressed five tactics to help you transform your mundane office into an agile, modern work environment!
Agile Office Environment Tactics
Segment projects into different, smaller components versus assigning the project at one time. This will ensure that you can test the progress or purpose of the project before you have exhausted all resources. Don’t waste time on a project that does not deliver the results you had hoped.
Learn more from failure than success. Agile organizations are people-oriented and accept that human beings are imperfect and make mistakes. Additionally, agile companies boast a collaborative effort where all team members take equal responsibility in project management. Employees work closely with one another to help each other succeed and learn more in-depth.
Train employees over multiple departments. Create a flexible organization in which employees can do various tasks and collaborate with different co-workers. There should be total transparency, meaning that people who are not making the appropriate effort will be noticed, rather than being hidden in their respective department (i.e., marketing versus finance).
Implement open lines of communication. Create a workplace where your employees are fully aware of what is going on within the company and in regards to their co-workers. Problems will be exposed and addressed rather than having a passive-aggressive environment.
Have an office design that is innovative and fosters creativity. Accommodate employees with comfortable seating and furniture options that offer the privacy of traditional office cubicles, mixed with adjustable height workstations, areas for collaboration, and meeting spaces that encourage interaction. Whether you’re looking to move towards an open-space plan, or just create an area in your current space where employees can gather and exchange ideas openly, creating an agile office environment will encourage team participation and become a welcoming environment to employees. Your team will actually enjoy coming to work!