There has been a lot of talk about how the nature of work has changed in the last few years. But it’s so much more than what appears on the surface – as the priorities and needs of the employees and employers have evolved too. Unlike previous times, when work and office meant daily punching time cards or cubicles; today it’s all about how smartly you can put to use the work hours while enjoying the process through and through. Today, when the boundaries of work and leisure blend into each other, the work environment needs to support enough to keep you inspired to perform at your best.
The term ‘agile’ refers to a set of principles and values generally followed in software development, that refers to a more flexible or ‘trial and error method. In the case of agile working, it simply means integrating flexibility in all dimensions of a workspace – including furnishing, tools, as well as the culture to help employees pick up the pieces in ways best suited to them. People call it by many names – from smart working to collaborative work model, but it’s a grand design of things that promote constructive interactions with your peers.
Understanding Agile workspaces
The essence of the agile work environment is the liberty to brainstorm, innovate, learn, and adapt faster. It is the very foundation that helps individuals across different organizations and backgrounds connect on similar ideas, thriving as a rich, symbiotic community. With the growth of coworking spaces across the world, we see professionals working on the same lines. However, for effectively running such responsive workspaces, there are certain aspects that need to be taken care of:
- Open Floor Plans
A lot depends on the design of such offices since they can interact with professionals in a unique way and may help in breaking down walls between different experiences. Now for some individuals, open designs may come through as a huge distraction, but it is more about promoting a sense of shared responsibility, as they interact with a larger community.
- Breakout areas
Who doesn’t like conducting new experiments with your classmates using different apparatus, chemicals, and gears just like those from high school science classes? It was learning and fun at the same time. In an agile workspace, having such areas ingrained in your design can drive exploration and inquiry among your coworkers. Therefore, having a smaller group of tables for 2-4 people, and welcoming furniture like personal couches can make spontaneous problem-solving, creative brainstorming relaxing here. Such a natural, casual environment is crucial when you want to have it as a physical space in your coworking space as well as a mindspace you need to have.
- Meditative Zen Pods
What immediately follows the breakout zones are the personal quiet zones, where your coworkers can work out all the technical thinking required, post the creative discussion. Such enclosed spaces would provide coworkers the focus, privacy, and quiet atmosphere they may need to produce meaningful insights.
- Free-Spirited Areas
The first thing one needs to know about Agile development is that it can move back and forth, and sometimes a ‘lot’. Therefore, as your coworkers move from breakout to Zen pods, having a touchdown space is just as important.
Think about the coworkers who are freelancers or remote workers of an organization. They would need an area to procreate collaborative tasks but in an informal, yet professional way. Such spaces can help them to reach the center of the project with an accessible, fast-paced environment.
- Overflow areas
Not just by their designs, agile workspaces are known for their ability to accommodate diverse teams, in a way that they can remain focused on brainstorming or resolving issues. While there’s no such place in an agile co-working space such as ‘assigned workstations’, you’d still need to keep a few at hand since sometimes you may notice an overload. On such rare occasions when you’ve got the total strength of coworkers pouring in, a simple, open desk design can handle such situations effortlessly.
There’s no one-size answer to having agile workspaces designed for your coworkers. Corporations like Google have several unwind areas like a gaming room, and an in-house masseur zone to help their employees blow off steam. All of the above are a few basic blueprints that may help you make your own version of the agile work environment. Here are some of our recommendations in case you’re looking for agile coworking spaces:
- One Co.Work
From their dynamic shared spaces to smart, plug-and-play workstations; One Co.work brings positive, playful energy into their coworking space. Present in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, etc their coworking community consists of a diverse group of passionate individuals.
They’re a high-end shared office space in Kolkata that specializes in providing tech-enabled, agile, and affordable workspaces to businesses, startups, freelancers. Their coworking spaces are designed to match the fast-paced, collaborative energy of the millennials and generation Z alike.
If you’ve ever thought of working in spunky workstations with flexible solutions, just right to bring out your creative side, this shared space community in Noida can be your go-to place. Their spaces are designed for comfort and minimalism, with a focus on collaboration.