The traditional 9 to 5 working week and communal office is giving way to agile working as more businesses look at new ways to work more effectively. Advances in technology have helped many organisations provide a flexible working environment that enables them to react quickly to change, become more productive and attract the right staff. It is also enabling many organisations to carry on working through the current coronavirus pandemic.
What is agile working?
Agile working empowers people to work where, how and when they want, providing they meet their responsibilities. It’s success relies on businesses trusting their workforce as well as ensuring they have the right technology and processes in place.
When adopting agile working practices it is important to maximise flexibility and minimise constraints, and ensuring that IT systems used are reliable and secure. With all these elements in place, and an internet connection, employees can work on a report or presentation just as easily in the office as they can from home, in a café or on a train.
What are the benefits
Agile working enables employees to work in the way that suits them. Research has shown that people work more effectively in the right environment and flexible working improves happiness and well-being. Staff are more motivated and work more efficiently, which makes them more productive. It can also help reduce costs in terms of reduced office space and utility costs.
Flexible working can also help retain employees as well as attract the right calibre of staff. You will be opening up jobs to a more diverse range of people who couldn’t have otherwise taken these jobs.
Technology that can help create an agile workplace
Creating a secure and truly agile workplace involves leveraging technology to better collaborate, communicate and track projects. It requires strong and reliable technology that enables your employees to work at different times and from various locations. You can select IT solutions to meet the needs of your business, many are inexpensive and will help increase efficiency. Here are some popular solutions that will enhance agile working and create the flexibility your business needs to thrive.
Office 365 for Business
Office 365 allows you to work on any computer, tablet or mobile phone with an internet connection allowing you to access any file, email or contact whenever and wherever you need it.
Data is continuously synchronised with Office 365, so everyone is working on the most up to date version of a file or folder, enhancing collaboration across the whole business.
There are many tools in Office 365 to enhance flexible and collaborative working such as shared files, mailboxes and calendars, Microsoft Teams for easy real-time communication, Planner to manage projects, and many more.
Adept IT Solutions IT contracts include a LogMeIn subscription that enables you to log in to your computer from wherever you are, making it easy to work from home and access all your files from any internet enabled device, if you can’t get into the office.
VoIP is a cloud-based phone system that provides a secure and professional telephone service at a fraction of the cost of traditional services. It also provides huge flexibility as calls can easily be transferred to different locations without extra cost, making it easy to work from any location with an internet connection.
With the help of your IT support provider put together a digital framework so that communication across the business is strong, information is searchable, no-one is isolated, and work can be prioritised and goals met.
Security and reliability
Every business needs their IT to be secure and reliable in and away from the office. Managed IT Services, such as our Bronze Plan, will monitor your systems to ensure your IT systems run efficiently, securely and with minimal downtime.
Agile working requires a balance of people, process and technology. It is important that your IT is aligned to your business objectives and you have the right technology in place so your employees can carry out their jobs to their best ability, wherever, whenever and however. Introducing more people is not always the answer, allowing your employees to work flexibly can have huge benefits to your business in terms of being able to react to change and operating more cost effectively and efficiently.
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