Enabling an agile workspace means more than just giving users laptops and sending them off into the world. This National Work Life Week, think about what a truly agile workspace can mean to your business, your clients, and you.

The world of work is changing at a rapid pace. As lines blur between work life and home life, maintaining a work-life balance is becoming ever more important. National Work-Life Week provides the opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being at work and work-life balance.
We’re often approached by clients who are looking to enable flexible working for their users. Flexible working is a trend that isn’t going away; hot-desking and being able to work anytime, anywhere is highly desirable for employees, and employers who want to retain and recruit the very best skills where competition is fierce want to adopt this agile working style.

However, simply giving your users a laptop and a smartphone and telling them to get on with it is not enough to achieve true flexible working. At Six Degrees, we talk about the agile workspace: equipping our clients with the tools to empower their employees to work efficiently anywhere.
So how do you enable an agile workspace? Well, you can start by considering the following four challenges. All of these are based on discussions we have with clients every day. Each business is unique, but you should recognise many of these yourself.

Get the Technicalities Right, and Running

This is extremely important! Ensuring you have the technical capabilities in place to enable your employees to work in an agile way is first and foremost if you are considering work-life balance during National Work-Life Week.

If you are reviewing your agile working offering, you’ll need to ensure that you have hardware, laptops, phones and mobile phones for your employees to work from. As part of our inductions for new starters at Six Degrees, we ensure that hardware and software is set up so our people have the necessary access straight away. If your team are working on their own devices, do they have the right security protection and the right access to the servers and software required to do their role?

Once you’ve got your hardware, software and servers ready, have you considered what might happen if your server or software access drops out? If your employees can’t work, what will happen? Having a service desk for your applications and servers will ensure you are always up and running, and any problems are rectified for employees as soon as possible.

Enable Collaboration

There is a misconception that agile working makes users more isolated and less collaborative. This can be the case if agile working is implemented poorly. In fact, collaboration can be enhanced by the many communication methods available within the modern agile workspace.
At Six Degrees we work with leading cloud vendors like Microsoft, Avaya and Citrix to collaborate effectively internally and externally regardless of device or location. Not only does this enable efficient service delivery, but it also means that internal messages from our CEO and our People team are communicated live to all of our users, regardless of their location.

Outline the Boundaries

If you are taking steps to enable your agile workforce, do you have the right permissions and culture in place? It’s important to communicate your agile working policies across your organisation. It’s also important to promote productive agile working and outline your expectations to employees. Are your employees encouraged to email around the clock, or is your expectation of your employees to do the job in hand, but to promote a culture where around the clock ‘always on’ working is neither expected nor necessary?

Review and Evolve Your Agile Workspace

As business requirements develop and new technologies evolve, you will always needs to evaluate your agile working practices. Do you need more equipment, a larger server, a new application, or new policies in place to optimise work-life balance for your employees across your organisation?
The way we work is evolving at an unprecedented rate, and adopting agile working in the right way can offer tangible benefits for the work-life balance of your employees, your people retention and your organisation’s productivity.

Download our whitepaper to learn more about the Agile Workspace and how Six Degrees can help you enable yours.