5 Ways to Get Management Buy In for Flexible Working Arrangements

This is a guest post written by corporate real estate expert Roland Chua. The opinions expressed in this article are Roland’s own and may not reflect those of his past or present employers.

Flexible-Agile-Working-Environments-WhiteFlexible working arrangements have traditionally been viewed as a special privilege for employees. Organisations often struggle to embrace this idea and integrate it into the management structure and culture.

More often than not, organisations will have some generalised policy on flexible working arrangements, with ambiguous wordings which basically allow managers to opt out of the option very easily. Statements like “we encourage flexibility in the workplace;” “we offer various work life balance options;” “we have an open and trusting workplace culture which encourages flexibility;” etc, all come to mind.

The typical policies on flexible working arrangements are never specific, and they always fail to list the actual rights that an employee has. And they always include a statement which puts the staff’s line manager in full control of the outcome.

In order for flexible working arrangements to be successful, the plan must have top-level endorsement.

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8 Tips to Encourage Collaboration in the Agile Workplace

This blog post shares proven strategies and advice for increasing collaboration within the agile workplace, from workplace change management expert Caroline Boyce of Lend Lease.

Can Office Design Drive Workplace Productivity & Innovation?

This two-part blog series shares strategies for driving workforce cultural change and innovation through workspace design, from Unispace workplace design expert Simon Pole. Unispace is a global design firm that seamlessly unites strategy, design, project management and delivery to achieve real, measurable results for clients.

What does workplace productivity mean today?

Companies have always wanted workers to be productive, yet the meaning of the term has evolved over the years. How has the definition of workplace productivity changed, and what does it look like today?

Space-Planning-and-Utilization-WhiteIn years past, workers were judged based on quantity of output: how many widgets they could produce. Workplace productivity and efficiency were all about increasing speed and decreasing cost. If a company could produce more widgets in less time at a lower cost, they could be successful.

Today’s workplace productivity is about the quality of output. How much value does the work bring to the organization? The change is all about a shift in the organization’s processes and goals. Processes have changed due to the evolution of technology. Today, much of the high-quantity, low value work is being done by robots and machines.

In the increasingly competitive business landscape, it’s no longer enough to produce more at a lower cost. Companies need to differentiate themselves with better ideas. As a result, the value of workplace productivity now comes from innovation.

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3 Strategies For Collaborative Workspace Design

This two-part blog series shares strategies for driving workforce cultural change and innovation through collaborative workspace design, from Unispace workplace design expert Simon Pole. Unispace is a global design firm that seamlessly unites strategy, design, project management and delivery to achieve real, measurable results for clients.

If you missed last week’s article, see Can Office Design Drive Productivity & Innovation?

The demand for innovation is driving the growth of the collaborative workspace

Even for the most successful companies, maintaining the status quo is not enough to keep them competitive in the global economy. Remaining at the forefront of their industries demands constant innovation.

Space-Planning-and-Utilization-WhiteIdeas have become today’s most valuable commodity. One principle that’s become generally accepted is that collaborative working fosters more and better ideas, and ultimately leads to the innovation companies are after. As a result, companies are doing everything they can to create a collaborative workspace environment that encourages creative thinking and innovation.

However, it’s important to realize that there’s more to creating a successful collaborative workspace design than just adding more open space.

So what do you need to make effective collaboration happen in your workplace? Read on to learn about 3 essential strategies to get the best results from collaborative workplace design.

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