As a supplier of furniture for the modern office, BHC Furniture, is a strong advocate of the concept of ‘Agile Working’.
What is Agile Working?
Agile Working is the understanding that the way people use office space is evolving. Employers are moving away from the idea of their staff being stuck at the same desk for the entire working day, and looking at more flexible ways of working.
This involves separating floor space into five main categories, which are –
Work – Personal space where staff can concentrate and be productive.
From traditional desking layouts to hot desk solutions, we have a range of products to suit your environment. Perhaps consider individual pods for staff to concentrate and encourage ‘quiet working’ in larger, open spaces?
Height adjustable desking can be beneficial as studies have shown a change in posture can aid concentration. Pull out storage can also offer additional privacy in an area like this. Private offices can also be flexible spaces, the addition of a seating area allows quick meetings to take place if required. In the absence of the occupant another manager may make use of the space.
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Refresh – Creative spaces that inspire and encourage lateral thinking.
We have a wide range of break-out furniture that allow staff to touch down and refresh their minds. Ranging from carefully crafted soft seating, traditional bistro styles and modern tables with integrated device charging, we’re able to cater for all requirements.
Refresh areas are more than a place to simply grab a bite to eat. Here people have a choice of environments to recharge their energy levels, build relationships and plan their afternoon’s work. A relaxed dining space that invites users to take a break away from the desk to eat, chat or browse social media. A traditional café setting invites others to pull up a chair and engage in social interactions, whether eating food or simply grabbing a coffee over a quick chat.
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Share – Informal meeting space where ideas can be exchanged and developed.
Ideas need room to be developed, and we’ve got a selection of products that encourage group working. A popular choice are Haven Pods, which come in a multitude of configurations that allow small groups to discuss and share ideas.
The best ideas can often come to us when we step away from the normal meeting environment. Informal collaboration areas can allow creative group discussions in a relaxed setting. The right mixture of resources can create a communal space ideal for brainstorming or quick fire sharing of thoughts. Usually found in open plan spaces, this zone makes it easy to jot down and share ideas between colleagues.
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Show – Formal spaces for presentations and important meetings.
Larger conference style spaces are an integral part of office working. We can supply bespoke, traditional boardroom tables, with integrated AV equipment. Or if need a more flexible space we have a range of modular tables and seating allowing limitless configurations.
The biggest decisions are made in meeting rooms and executive offices across the world. The quality of the furniture within these rooms is a reflection not only of an organisation’s culture, but also the status of the individuals using it.
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Source – Effective storage of office essentials.
Despite more working environments becoming ‘paper-less’ there will always be a requirement for storage. From archive racking, to staff lockers we are able to fulfil your storage requirements effectively.
Many offices now operate a clear desk policy and lockers are a good way of keeping the work area tidy. Lockers are also a good method of personal storage particularly if it is a shared desk space. Pull out storage is a good way to stow away personal items conveniently as well as for keeping reference material close by and off the desk area. When pulled out this storage can also provide a screening function.
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We can plan your office space with Agile Working in mind and provide colour coded drawings of the space, to clearly show each defined area, and how it works. Below are some example drawings of Agile Working spaces we’ve created.
If you’re interested in transforming your office into a more effective and modern workplace and utilise Agile Working, contact our sales team for more information.
Agile Working Guide
Collaboration has become a buzzword; it is universally accepted that teams find better solutions faster than individuals. Harnessing collective knowledge and focusing it through collaboration is the key to future success.
However, open environments and layouts can create some challenges for organisations with increased noise and distractions. There is also a need for privacy and concentrated working.
In striving for more collaborative working, layout and planning is key to ensure organisational goals are met.