This week in the Wylde blog we’re looking at agile working and the reasons remote & hybrid working are here to stay. The pandemic changed everything, but agile workplaces are the future. Quit rates are down, as global firms and offices opt for hybrid working models. Recent studies have suggested that offering more flexible options actually reduces attrition rates by a third. We would say it’s been a long time coming, so what is it that makes an agile work model work?

Agile working differs to flexible working as flexible working promotes movement in the hours worked in a typical work day. Agile working actually challenges the boundaries set by the traditional workplace, changing the set boundaries and creating a work model that makes work life more adaptable, efficient and productive.

The explosion of remote working as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns changed the way we work forever. Hybrid work models allow for the workload of an employee to be split effectively. Tasks that need to be done individually and independently can be done without the distraction of others from home or remotely and projects that require team input and group meet-ups can be organised in a professionally equipped setting – the workplace.

Facilitating employees productivity has meant that workers’ cognitive capacity is at an all time high. Opening up more flexible and productive ways of working benefits both the employer and the employee. It’s been found that WFH employees actually increase their communication with more work phone calls being made and more video-meetings and boosted attention and focus. In turn, an agile model makes room for a fuller, richer and more fulfilling life as work-life balance is prioritised.

Changes need to be made to facilitate the new and improved ways of working. Change and workplace consultancy allows for a roadmap to discover what strategies need to be implemented to create a physical workplace that works the most effectively for businesses. We team up with the experts to research, enquire and make educated decisions to design a space, strategy and model that works for employees and employers.

Office design needs to accommodate the changes in the way we use the workplace. Pre-Covid office spaces allocated to fixed working; desks, work stations for the everyday attendee of the office. Formal workplace settings need to adapt to the new agile model – facilitating and promoting collaboration and getting together with colleagues and teammates.

At Wylde, the journey is as important as the end result. Our Wyldeology is a process of understanding which flexes to our clients’ needs and requirements. No two projects are the same, and that’s what we love. Finding the unique, innovative and practical solutions to design beautiful spaces that support your people / our clients to work, learn and live better.

Our careful consideration of layout and attention to detail: colour, branding, acoustic fittings and furniture, are just some of the ways we achieve results. Sometimes the solution is a complete refit of a space, other times it’s rearranging existing elements more harmoniously. We’re always looking for opportunities to make what clients already have, work better.