The Concept Of Agile Working: Explained Here

09-08-2018

How much more productive could you be if you had access to a laptop compared to a desktop computer? A fixed location or the option to work in a variety of locations? The answer could be much more productive.

The business world is a very competitive one, with employers always looking at ways to increase productivity without necessarily having to recruit extra staff. No wonder this is the case – it costs on average, £3,000 to recruit a new employee1 and this doesn’t include the time and money to get the new member up to speed once they start the role or the biggest expense, their salary.

Unplanned absences are one of the biggest reasons for low productivity in a business. In 2016, on average, Britons were absent from the workplace for 4.3 days with coughs, colds and back pain being the most common causes2. Furthermore, it has been reported that in that same year, 15.8 million days were lost due to mental health issues2. Mental health conditions such as stress could massively cripple a business, especially if a large proportion of staff are suffering from it. This is an area employers need to look at to avoid masses of unplanned absences from the office.

One way a business can increase productivity in the office is by introducing agile working. Not to get confused with flexible working, agile working is the ability to work how, when and wherever you like. Flexible working allows employers to work the hours that suit them, for instance, the individual may have to work 37 hours a week but will have the option to complete the hours when they want to. Allowing employees the freedom of working in quiet area away from distractions or in a collaboration zone for a task that will involve other people within the business, will clearly increase productivity. Agile working can also boost morale and may help to reduce mental health conditions such as stress and depression, resulting in less unplanned absences and better productivity.

The NHS have produced a compelling report called ‘Agile Working: A Guide For Employers‘ which analyses the correlation between improved health and the adoption of agile working in the workplace. Included in the report is a comprehesive list of the benefits of agile working to the employer, as well as the employees, along with real life case studies of agile working in the workplace and the long term effects.  To read the report, click here.

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Sources:

1 – https://theundercoverrecruiter.com/true-costs-hiring-uk/

2 – https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/mar/09/uk-workers-sick-days-coughs-colds-ons