What is ‘agile’ office design and space planning?
The aim behind agile working is simple; to create a workplace that is efficient, effective and responsive, helping to improve business performance, employee happiness and customer approval. Its concept is based upon the belief that work is an activity that should be shaped by the things we do rather than by the location of where we are. This allows the resulting office design and space planning to better suit employees; giving them the ability to control and to take responsibility for their own performance, which will help them to produce a higher quality of work as a result.
Such a design will need to flexible; this is helped greatly by the technologies at our disposal today that moves us away from working quotidian at the same desk and instead, allows us to move around in order to find an environment that may be of better comfort and convenience to what we need to do at a particular time.
Interestingly though, despite the flexible element of agile office design, it’s aims, scope and drivers differ slightly from the other design philosophy known as ‘flexible working’.