Agile working – the ability to work when + where you choose in an environment that supports your your daily tasks + performance is increasingly important. In today’s hyper-connected society, it’s possible to work from almost anywhere so employers have had to adapt the traditional office to offer competitive environments designed with wellbeing + productivity in mind.
Workplace designers approach the modern office fit-out with agile working in mind, creating dedicated spaces that allow people to work through different environments that enhance the task they need to complete.
Here are our top four suggestions to incorporate agile working into your office fit-out:
Over the past decade we have seen a shift towards activity-based working, with workers benefiting from areas they can decamp depending on the job in hand. The fastest growing area of this are the informal meeting spaces or collaborative areas. These informal spaces are ideal for large + small groups and offer an environment for telephone booths, pods + huddles – we find these spaces also offer a great opportunity for bright colours + statement design pieces.
Formal meeting spaces include meeting rooms and conference rooms and are usually part of the office where important or confidential gatherings take place. They can be enclosed, private or collaborative spaces but must ensure the facilities are effective for the tasks that need to be completed.
Although office design has moved on greatly along with the way we work, individual workspaces are still a necessity that allows for uninterrupted, concentrated tasks.
Individual workspaces could be your own desk, cellular booths or cubicle partitions, but the most important factor is that you create workspaces that enable people to complete tricky or complex tasks without disturbance.
When space planning your office its important to make sure that individual workstations are planned in the best part of your building for natural light + flow of the general space.
Breakout spaces are the most important part of your office – the place you go to collaborate, re-charge, interact, relax and often where the best ideas + conversations happen. It’s important to consider these areas when thinking about wellbeing, retention + attraction of your people.
Breakout spaces may include collaborative tables, tea-points, canteens, games areas + sleep pods, they are designed with the purpose to take people out of their normal working environment and are an integral part of your business + culture.