A flexible workspace, sometimes called an agile working environment, can adjust to suit the needs of the employees using it. When executed well, it can boost employee productivity and help workplace teams efficiently manage their physical space. Flexible workspaces are in demand. Employees want more flexibility post-pandemic, forcing companies to consider adopting work models like hybrid work. These work arrangements give employees more say in how and when they work on-site, making them more flexible than a traditional work model.
So what makes a flexible workspace flexible? In short, technology, policies and processes, and workspaces that can adapt to meet different needs. Take a look at our agile workspace post, where we discuss these components in more detail. Some workspace designs support either heads-down or collaborative work. A flexible workspace can support both.
For example, an employee may use a workspace to do heads-down work for part of the workday and collaborative work for another part. Since the workspace is designed to be flexible, it may have easy-to-move furniture so the employee can rearrange the space for better collaboration. It may also have outlets, monitors, ethernet cables, and any other technologies employees may need to collaborate productively.