Agile working was the hot topic under discussion at Claremont’s first sponsored event with Insider magazine in March.
Nine business leaders from some of the North West’s biggest companies came together as part of Insider’s Top 500 roundtable events to discuss their perceptions and experiences of agile working and the evidence was clear: the full advantages of agile working are still not being realised.
Claremont’s joint managing director Tim Frankland was at the event. He said: “Everyone in the room was familiar with the term agile working but few really understood the concept and most were making use of flexible working at best. This isn’t uncommon and shows that more education is needed if businesses are to realise the transformational benefits that agile working can deliver.”
Agile working is a business strategy that embraces the idea of being nimble and responsive in all aspects of its decision-making, while flexible working is a style of work that helps to deliver agile working.
Tim added: “In many ways the phrase agile working is a bit misleading as it’s more than a way of working, and this is where the confusion comes in. Many businesses perceive the benefits of agile working as little more than offering remote working or variable hours for staff, rather than looking at a whole business’s processes and using it as means to achieve operational efficiency and competitive advantage.
“Workplace design is certainly a part of that and it was encouraging to hear business leaders recognise the changes in the way we use space, putting less emphasis on rows of desks and more on the variety of activity-based settings needed by today’s employees.”
Held at the Hawksmoor restaurant in central Manchester, the roundtable event also highlighted how the right location can aid recruitment and the need for staff engagement when designing modern office interiors.
The event took place at Manchester’s Hawksmoor restaurant and was attended by Erica Ingham from MediaCom, Michael Smyth from Swansway Garages, Haydn Rees from Clarke Energy, Helen Hall from DLA Piper, Kevin Fisher from Together, Richard Law from GB Group, Mark Whitworth from Peel Ports Group, Philip Sofield from Four Recruitment and Claremont’s Tim Frankland.
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