Organise your workflow to reap the benefits of agile working
As simple as it sounds, organising your workflow can have significant benefits on your productivity and overall business success. That is why we actively promote agile working to our clients.
But, the word agile can be used to describe either a space or methodology. In the context of different businesses and sectors, the definition of the word differs. It can apply to how your desk is set up, a warehouse’s workflow or equipment’s effectiveness. However, what is absolute is that agile working offers benefits for both employers and employees.
Furthermore, this is clear from the projects here at Eastpac that agile working and practices can deliver significant benefits to organisations. Research demonstrates that employee satisfaction; worker productivity and effectiveness can be achieved when agile working is implemented successfully.
More often than not, we find the benefits of agile working are overshadowed by concerns relating to change and whether cost savings can be achieved without damaging the business. Therefore, to help you realise the significant benefits and understand its importance – we have outlined 7 of the key benefit you would reap from introducing agile working.
There are numerous benefits associated with flexible, organised and agile working, here at just 7:
1. Increased Productivity
If demands are not being met and there is a decline in the levels of productivity – it is time for a change. Agile working is one of the many initiatives that can contribute to improvements in organisational and individual effectiveness. In other words, smart workplace design and management can help elevate productivity.
However, this is usually more successful when parried with a genuine desire to change the way people work, manage and lead. For an employee to be motivated, engaged and to perform at their best, people need an efficient, organised environment.
2. Increased Job Satisfaction
To provide your employees with the best tools and environment to perform their job, agile working is vital. The more successful agile workflows inspire staff and improve satisfaction to help a team perform at their best. Essentially, agile working is about empowering people to work in different ways, whether that be in different locations or times.
For example, if working from home was made available, employees could choose to avoid a potentially tricky, lengthy and expensive commute. Even though some people like to come to an office to work, starting the day with a stressful journey certainly drain people’s energy right at the start of the day.
Consequently, it seems that there continues to be a demand from people wanting a way of working that gives them flexibility and a good work-life balance.
3. Cost Savings
Agile working can save businesses costs when optimising their workflows or workstations. As we have previously discussed, the flexibility of an organised workflow enables employees to do their best work. This could potentially lead to fewer resources and the necessity for physical space.
Also, newly completed systems could help reduce temporary labour cost. Rather than hiring temporary members of staff during peak seasons, agile workstations replace this, lowering costs significantly.
4. Attract and Retain Talent
Millennials are the future of the workforce, and they are inevitably going to shake up the workplace. But, they also have high expectations of workspaces – you can thank the likes of Google for their ‘cool’ offices and laid back approaches for that! Therefore, those entering the world of work will, of course, go for any job they can, but the flexibility that agile working offers can be a big bonus.
Companies that maintain a strong reputation as employers often place employees at the heart of their agenda. Employees that feel they are looked after are usually a lot more loyal.
5. Smart Workplace Utilisation
As the cost of retail soars, businesses are losing out on money – spending it on office space that hardly gets used. Purchasing desk, chairs and equipment that remain empty and unused isn’t a smart way to maximise ROI. Agile working can free up office space for other vital uses or enable the area to support more people.
6. Facilitate Change
The whole reason for introducing agile working is to bring about change. An agile environment means you could have fewer limitations, cater to fluctuations in staff and respond better to the way people prefer to work. By embracing agile methods of working means, you are also preparing for future challenges.
7. Reduced carbon Footprint
Agile workstations can be implemented to make better use of space, which can improve sustainability, reduce costs and a business’ carbon footprint. It is as simple as that!
We have aided numerous businesses in a variety of sectors to introduce optimised workspaces, warehouses and stations. Our specialists could help diagnose areas of improvement and provide solutions. We understand that not every company is the same, which is why we offer a bespoke service each time.
If you’re interested in enhancing your business, contact Eastpac to help reap the benefits of agile working.