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What is an agile working environment?

An agile working environment is a space that gives people flexibility in how they work. There are many types of agile workspaces but they all share a few characteristics: 

  • Adaptable – They are easy to adjust and designed to accommodate different working styles. They leverage flexible furniture, technologies, and workplace policies. For example, they may use a flexible seating arrangement known as hot desks. Employees can book these desks when they plan to be on-site. When fewer people are expected in the workplace, these desks can be moved to accommodate other space types. 
  • Accessible Employees can use these spaces without hassle. Few things are more frustrating in the workplace than not being able to book an available room because your technology isn’t working right. In an agile working environment, tools and technologies work together seamlessly to enhance people’s experience. For example, they may use an agile room booking system, a technology that allows people to easily book rooms in an agile workspace. 
  • Iterative – These spaces get better as workplace teams learn what spaces work best for employees. To that end, workplace teams need access to tools that provide real and historical space usage data. This data gives them a holistic view of how people use their space so they can improve it.

These spaces have become more popular since the rise of the hybrid workplace, a type of agile working environment. The aim of these spaces is to enable employees to be productive and efficient while working on-site. Agile workplaces also help companies cut down on real estate expenditures by making more efficient use of their physical space.