With shifts in the performance dynamics of a company, technological advancements and changes in staffing patterns and workplace satisfaction, there has been an increase in agile workplace design, according to research from US based workplace publication Tradeline. The publication suggests that this shift is a positive change further promoting the development of a successful workplace, encouraging productivity as staff are given the power to dictate how and in what environment they choose to work. Here we outline how to create an agile workplace environment that supports this through the selection of 5 products.
The basis of agile workplace design, as defined by The Workplace Intelligence Unit, is to forecast performance on output results and not the perceived time it has taken to undertake the work. In order to allow this, the key is the design of the workplace and to offer flexible spaces and areas that each allow a range of activities (Emma Jackson, LLJ via the EMEA Research Blog).
1. The flexible office desk: Hub bench desk >>
The ultimate flexible office desk, the Hub bench desk comes from the idea that the working station needs to offer its user the freedom to customise the space, as oer the task they are working on. Forming an agile working environment does not mean it does not have to include formal desk spaces, and with the Hub bench desk, it becomes simple to implement a flexible space for agile working. Alongside central cable management, the desk comes with a removable canopy that acts as extenstion of the base. It can be installed with lighting, storage, panels fo notes and presentations and more to create the ideal workstation space. Remove the canopy and you also have a large meeting table style option when placing several Hub bench desks together.
2. The meeting area: Milk standing desk >>
Designed around varying office needs, the Milk standing desk by Danish designer Søren Rose, has been developed with a high level of craftsmanship and quality to match the high-tech accessories usually placed on top of the desk. The 130 x 130 cm square table is a great meeting and collaboration space as it features a large surface area with integrated cable management and electrical height adjustment up to 123 cm. This allows staff to gather around, without the need for chairs or stools, for ad-hoc meetings and collaborations. to create a clutter free surface, complete cable management has been fitted into integrated cable trays that can be carried between compartments.
3. Quite Booth for private working: Zip high back sofa >>
As well as communal spaces, it is vital that a supportive agile workplace includes spaces for private working. The ideal space would offer decent privacy, sound absorption qualities and be a comfortable area to work in. Ideal for private working but also informal meetings, the Zip sofa comes with a high back and sides. Smart and clean lines, the Zip comes with a detailing on the edges that can be colour matched to the powder coated base. The high sides and back isolate the user from their surrounds, making it an ideal place for working alone, or in privacy with others. The padded seat and back come with a certain level of sound absorption making it a good place for talking on the phone or for private meetings.
4. Relaxing/recreational space: Social modular sofa >>
As well formal workstation spaces, the agile workplace is successful when it offers a variety of informal and relaxed areas, where staff can work in a much for laid-back atmosphere. This does not need to be a large domestic style sofa, but could include eloquent and stylish seating, like the Social modular sofa. The Social modular sofa, as the name suggests, has been developed to allow the user to define its use through magnetic links that connect each of the elements together forming a range of possible layouts. Designed by Patrick Jouin, the Social modular sofa can be configured into numerous forms by joining corner seats, straight seats and ottomans. The Social sofa range is ideal for creating single to multiple seating arrangements so staff can put up their feet if they want, or use it for recreation in breakout areas.
5. The impromptu working space: 221 double sofa >>
As well as siting and lying down, allow staff to explore different ways to interact with the spaces in the workplace to see which they prefer. It is these impromptu spaces that are many times the places where new, innovative ideas are formed. The 221 modular range is in itself an innovative seating and sofa range that allows staff to form their own interpretation of the seat. With a specially designed form, the 221 refines the way users occupy a seat for long periods and presents a more flexible seating system. From standing, leaning to sitting on the floor, the 221 is a vital product for creating an agile working environment that allows staff to express themselves.