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The appeal of working anywhere, anytime and collaborating with anyone is clearly very strong in modern day workplaces, with more and more agile workspaces popping up in the business world.

If you’ve weighed up both the pros and cons of agile work environments and decided to create one for your own workplace, here is a basic guide before you consult an architect for next steps.

What do you need?

Before you start consulting any third parties, it’s important to spend some time thinking about what you want and need from your workspace. For many people, collaboration is the biggest reason they transition to an agile workspace  – the open spaces and desks that aren’t assigned mean that collaboration is always the order of the day. Your business may have other underlying reasons why an agile workspace will work better for you. Here are a few questions to get started:

  • Are you looking to reduce the time your employees spend at their desks so that they are more encouraged to move around and stay active during the workday?
  • Do you want to create a space that is bright and fun to promote socialisation during work hours (while still ensuring work is being done, of course)?
  • Does your team need private rooms for conferences or is that lower down on your priority list?
  • Are there accessibility issues currently that you could fix in your transition to make your workplace more welcoming?
  • Which items do you need to incorporate into your workplace to make working easier for everyone? Perhaps you use a lot of whiteboards or you need chairs and desks with wheels; start thinking about the little details.
  • Ask your employees what they want and need from a new setup. Asking them gives you great insights into what’s needed, but it also helps your employees to feel involved in this big change.

Spending a decent amount of time considering your current workplace and the things you need can be a great help once you speak to your architect or designer. After all, you know your business better than anyone else.

Get guidance

Speaking to an architect or designer as soon as you know the answers to some of the questions above can help you to start visualising what an agile workspace could look like for your business. Specifically, your architect can give you guidance when it comes to clearing up and streamlining cluttered space in your workplace as well as utilising all the unused space and creating better, more efficient spaces under your business’ roof.

Overall, your architect or designer can help you to harness the space you have available; with their knowledge and experience, they can show you how to use the space to get all the answers to the earlier questions and even show you more options.

Specifically, your architect or designer can give you guidance when it comes to clearing up and streamlining cluttered space in your workplace as well as utilising all the unused space and creating better, more efficient spaces under your business’ roof.

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