With technology such as cloud storage, video conferencing, smart-phones and laptops now so common, we are no longer tied to our office desks. The ability to carry out tasks in a variety of locations as flexibly as possible, sometimes without formal offices, is known as agile working.
With the ongoing need to do more with less, organisations continually look for ways to improve performance with minimal resources.
There is also a rising reduction in the number of employees and a need to focus on new and more efficient ways of working, such as outsourcing and the implementation of agile working.
The benefits of agile working
Individuals who are given greater autonomy feel empowered and produce better quality work.
Lancaster University’s Work Foundation predicts that 70% of UK organisations will be agile by 2020. Some of the benefits of agile working include:
- Better work-life balance
- Increased collaboration and creativity
- More adaptable to client needs
- Lower absenteeism
- Increase in health and happiness, therefore
- More active flexible working life.
The use of external meeting and conference rooms can create local work space, provide dedicated time and space for training, strategy work or even confidential sessions such as hiring and firing.
The Agile Organisation says, “The real business benefits that successful agile working can bring focus on performance improvement in productivity, innovation and service outcomes and, for the individual, more autonomy, trust and responsibility which makes working more satisfying and appealing”.
There are also benefits for organisations. With property being the second biggest cost, agile working offers opportunities to review their space requirements to better support their business through developing and implementing agile working strategies. Being able to rent a serviced office on a flexible contract, or to be able to rent a meeting or conference room by the hour or day, helps start-ups and small businesses keep a close eye on their finances.
What we can do for you
It can be very expensive to run your own office with lots of overheads that can quickly add up. However, in the serviced office environment these issues are taken care of, including:-
- Phone lines
- Cleaning services
- Tea and coffee facilities
- Reception staff
New World Business Centre, based between Bristol and Bath, offer all of this and more as part of our serviced offices, so contact us today to see how we can help you. In the meantime, please take a look at our positive reviews on Trustpilot.