Agile Workplace - 'Work from anywhere'
If you are working in a city in India, it is highly likely that you spend a considerable amount of time in traffic. At a personal level you will be stressed-out by the time you reach work or home. It will impact both your work and your family life. If you are working in a city in the USA, then you are most probably giving a lot of time behind the wheels. One can only imagine the accumulated and wasted time and fuel resources in both the cases. Even with all the advancements in collaboration and virtualization technologies, we still insist that people be present at work. We are increasingly globally distributed in terms of organizational foot print, client foot print and talent spread. Collaborative business model is the new reality. Hidden collaboration values within the organization needs to be unlocked.The cost of travel, accomodation and office space is another cost angle that must not be ignored. It does not make sense to sustain the same old office model. Workplace agility is not just the need of our time but it can bring about efficient, scalable and agile operational model for your organization.
Can your organization benefit from workplace agility? How agile can and should your workplace be without hurting your business? Well, that depends on various factors, that includes the nature of business, appetite for initial investment, client comfort, business culture and people culture to name a few. To answer these questions and to design an agile workplace that is optimal to your business, you might need the help of specialists. To implement the workplace solutions, you need specialists on technology, process change, fractionalization of work and people mindset change. With the right governance and workplace rules, you could pull off the most fancy work styles of our time. It's not just "work from home", it is "work from anywhere". Depending on the nature of the work, people can work from local coffee shops to rented work pods.
It's important to understand that not all business processes can leverage agile workplace models. There are limitations, but there is much benefit in adopting workplace agility. The easy part of implementing workplace agility is technology, the difficult part is the change of business culture and the mindset of people.