With a global digital economy that accounted for 22% of the entire world’s economy in 2015, it’s clear that technology is redefining the world of business.
The business world has always taken a proactive approach to adopting new technologies – something reinforced by predictions that 25% of the world’s economy will become digital by 2020. Bearing this in mind, it is no surprise that modern organisations are using technology to create smart, agile workplaces: workplaces built around organisational agility.
But what exactly is organisational agility?
The Agile Future Forum (AFF) defines organisational agility as a means of establishing the optimal workforce to support organisational objectives. While this agility is typically achieved through a combination of flexible and remote working practices, this is the just tip of the iceberg.
The Agile Universe takes four key factors into consideration.
Having explored what organisational agility looks like, and the business benefits it offers, it’s important to take a look at how businesses can implement this new way of working. After all, today’s world demands the flexibility of a workforce that’s lean and fast enough to keep clients ahead of ever-changing challenges.
Given the traditional 9-5, office based, rigid workforce isn’t able to meet this demand – the answer undoubtedly lies with technology.
With this in mind, we’ve taken a look at how smart organisations are doing it, and exactly what you need to do.
Go Mobile and Bring Your Own Device
With the average number of desks for every 10 employees expected to reduce from 8 (2010) to 7 in 2020, hot desking and other mobile working methods are becoming increasingly common amongst businesses.
From online collaboration tools (such as Google Docs and Basecamp), to the increasing popularity of smartphones, tablets and BYOD schemes, workplaces are becoming better equipped to facilitate work away from the constraints of the traditional office. As well as allowing employees to use their time more constructively (while travelling to a meeting, for example), mobile working removes yet another barrier to collaboration with clients and colleagues.
Embrace Video Conferencing
As with mobile working, video conferencing also offers businesses the ability to collaborate, communicate and share ideas more conveniently. Though not all queries can be adequately addressed via email, this does not mean you always need to arrange time consuming face-to-face meetings.
Video conferencing is an ideal solution for situations where business discussions need to take place but time is scarce (a common occurrence, as we all know). These are the next best alternatives to physical meetings, offering the ability to speak directly with stakeholders and clients and see them on screen but without the associated travel and time costs.
Use The Cloud
Offering employees the ability to access their software, data, emails, CRM database and more from any location, cloud computing is the perfect complement to agile working.
There’s also the contingency argument: cloud computing allows businesses to store critical business data away from physical offices so that, in the case of on-site disaster, an extra layer of redundancy is in place to save the day.
As a result, many businesses are beginning to rely on hosted solutions as an alternative to traditional on-premise server infrastructures. Infrastructures that each have their own costly power, cooling and physical space requirements.
Cloud computing, BYOD and video conferencing are just small pieces of the agile working puzzle. Becoming a truly agile business is about employing a wide range of technologies and ways of working to meet on-going organisational objectives.
To help you achieve this, we have created a guide that outlines exactly what agile working means to the modern business, the business benefits it offers, and exactly how you can transform your business into a lean, adaptable solutions provider.
To download the report simply click HERE.