The workplace has changed tremendously over the past few years. With an ever-changing business environment, small businesses and large corporations have been forced to adapt in order to respond quickly and effectively.
The popular trend in workplace design nowadays is to implement strategies that promote collaboration, enhance creativity, and increase productivity. To make this happen, entrepreneurs are increasingly making use of modern agile solutions for the workplace by getting rid of highly-structured environments of the past.
The idea is to generate higher levels of output in quantity and quality of work. If you’re thinking about transforming your workplace and promoting an agile office culture, here’s what you should take note.
Flexibility in the design
The recent pandemic outbreak has shown us that remote working is possible and can be done right to maintain business operations. However, when making a move back to the office, the same flexibility can be provided in seating arrangements.
In agile workplaces, most employees are not constrained by having assigned desks. Rather, they are empowered to choose their preferred seating that suits the current activity they are doing. For instance, soft seating areas may be suitable for collaborative discussions and informal meetings. Quiet spaces can be chosen for an intensive focus on complex, independent tasks while standing workstations provide passing employees to quickly review their work with one another.
By adopting new ways for the workplace to function, you can also optimise your use of space. If you’re looking for a small business space for rent, our property at 34 Boon Leat Terrace offers ancillary offices that are ideal for e-commerce and small businesses. Tenants can benefit from being in close proximity of business partners and clients around neighbouring properties like Mapletree Business City and Alexandra Techno Park. This light industrial building also comprises of warehouses for rent, making it ideal for logistics and shipping firms to carry out their operations. Located in Pasir Panjang, it is accessible via various highways including West Coast highway. The nearest train station is a few minutes away at Pasir Panjang MRT as well as several bustops for daily commute. The unit sizes range from 368 to 2,671 sqft – furnished with lights, aircon, carpet and window for a conducive working environment. Other facilities include 24-hour access, 4 loading bays, F&B nearby and season parking for cars/heavy vehicles.
Support your employees’ need for success
Agile workplaces may offer more flexibility, but they also demand more than just performing repetitive tasks. Instead, employees are tasked to develop innovative solutions to problems and work with one another to achieve various goals. Many might not have the relevant competencies needed to operate in this dynamic environment, which could leave them feeling dejected and inadequate.
Provide development opportunities for employees to train on agile traits like systems thinking, situational awareness and conflict resolution. If they are equipped with the tools they need to be successful in the workplace, it can boost engagement and also reduce turnover rates.
More effective leadership
The ‘loose’ nature of agile workplaces means that task flows are changing frequently and work constantly needs to adapt to ever-shifting situations. Leaders will need to find ways to keep their teams motivated and engaged in the face of these challenges – with more focus placed on results instead of the process.
Rather than telling people how to do their work, effective leaders do what they can to help their teams achieve the desired outcome. The key is to identify what they need to accomplish. One aspect of it is to build trust within the team to encourage better collaboration and facilitate independent problem-solving.
The agile approach may not suit all workplaces and businesses, but those who are looking to remove traditional constraints on employees like designated seating arrangements and hours to promote maximal performance.
Choosing the right office location can also provide a satisfying experience for employees in the workplace. Our property at 10 Raeburn Park is located next to the Ayer Rajah Expressway, and offers small offices for lease. This commercial office site sits at the fringe of the busy Central Business District area and is only a short walk away from amenities like Outram Park MRT station, Kampung Bahru Bus Terminal and Singapore General Hospital. Unit sizes range from 1,357 to 3,553 sqft – furnished with lights, glass door, waterpoint, and windows for selected units. For those looking for a tranquil and convenient working environment, this self-sufficient office hub offers green surroundings as well as in-house services such as childcare, gym facilities and F&B options. Entrepreneurs can also access the bikes and e-scooters to visit nearby spots in Tanjong Pagar, Neil Road and more. In addition, commuters can opt for monthly season parking or take the free shuttle bus service to and from Outram MRT.