"Digital Transformation", or the drive towards a more innovative world, has transformed not just the way people perform in their roles, but the physical workspace too.
Just one of the trends that technology has pushed into the mainstream, is the desire for more "agile working" practices. This doesn't mean people telecommuting or only visiting the office part-time. Instead, it's a professional process where "work" becomes a focus on outcomes, rather than a tangible place.
The agile methodology supports a more collaborative business mindset, where people are surrounded by the right support, software, and hardware to perform at their best - wherever they might be. Research suggests that up to 70% of the UK will be "agile" by 2020.
What is Agile Working?
According to the "Agile Organisation", the purpose of this framework is to create more efficient, and responsive companies based on productive and balanced teams.
While flexible working assumes the roles will be performed in a certain way, either with a changeable schedule, or the employee working from home, agility goes beyond this basic level of professional empowerment.
With an agile workplace, flexibility becomes the underlying factor in all performance. The leaders in a business embrace minimal constraints for their teams, to ensure that everyone can choose how, where, and when to work best to suit their needs.
In an IT development team, agility allows for faster prototyping, higher degrees of collaboration, and more engagement from the overall workforce. While mistakes might be made moving at such a fast pace, they're also quickly fixed and overcome.
What are the Benefits of the Agile Framework?
For some industry experts, agile is the only way forward for the modern company. As new concepts like IoT, AI, and even mixed reality appear in the marketplace, organisations need to move faster than ever if they want to stay ahead of the data. This means agility can be the key to success.
A report by the EIU found that 90% of global senior executives think that agile working is critical to success. For businesses, the benefits of "going agile" include:
Better Cost Savings: A workforce that can perform just as productively wherever they are means less spent on office equipment and space. What's more, leaders can hire from spaces where competitive salaries aren't as high to ensure they draw the right talent onto their team.
Greater Ability to Retain Quality Talent: The global demand for more interesting, flexible, and engaging work experiences is higher than ever. While flexibility working is only one aspect of the agile model, it's a huge draw for potential talent, as evidenced by the rise of remote working solutions over the last few years. Many of the most qualified candidates in the marketplace are looking for something different to the 9-to-5 schedule.
Better Performance and Productivity: Flexible employees often out-perform their office-based counterparts. However, agile working takes productivity to the next level by ensuring that everyone in your staff always has access to the resources they need for absolute efficiency. Because experts can embrace the schedule and routine that works best for them, the result is often more hours worked, fewer breaks, and better results.
Agility Supports the Employee Too
The agile framework isn't just a positive strategy for business leaders, it can also be beneficial to your staff, by helping them to overcome overwhelm in a time where the pressure to perform is greater than ever.
As DevOps specialists and IT experts are increasingly expected to roll out new and improved solutions for success at a more rapid pace, the opportunity to work according to their preferences could be the key to reducing feelings of stress and discomfort. Agile working:
Improves Work-Life Balance: One of the biggest benefits that hires are looking for in the recruitment world is the ability to balance their work life with their home life. Today's technology makes the line between personal and work time more fluid and giving your staff more freedom could help to increase satisfaction and reduce sick days.
Empowerment: An agile working environment could also empower your team to seek out creative solutions to problems in new ways. It allows them to think outside of the box without fear of repercussions, which satisfies their need for personal growth while improving your bottom line.
Increased role satisfaction: People who have more control over their jobs are more likely to feel fully invested in what they're doing. The power to choose how, when, and where you work is incredibly motivating.
Embracing the Agile Strategy
There's no one-size-fits-all model for embracing agile. Ultimately, each organisation will need to start with a clear vision of their business objectives, so that they can determine what the ideal workforce will look like for their brand.
When you begin to explore the possibilities of agile, remember that you'll need to determine what your employees need to perform at their best, and how leadership can guide them towards the most efficient agile practices.
Additionally, it's usually a good idea to implement agile on a step-by-step basis. The more strategic you are, the more you can evaluate how each new method is affecting your experts so that you can continue to provide them with the highest level of support.
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