The workplace as we know it is undergoing dramatic changes. Society is transitioning from the industrial age to the information age. Geographically separated teams and client bases are becoming the norm, driving agile working trends. A number of different factors are affecting the business environment and ushering in changes, including advancements in technology, lifestyle choices, and globalization.
As a result of these transformations, the workplace has become more connected, competitive, and complex. In order for companies to adapt, they have to create an agile workforce by allowing for flexibility in the following areas:
- • When employees go to work (part-time hours, variable hours)
- • Where employees work (work from home, work at multiple sites, work remotely)
An agile workforce is one that is constantly transforming, adjusting, and responding to changes in order to continuously improve work processes and infrastructure. In response to the growth of agile working trends, Add-On Products has released two new versions of its tool for meeting booking in Outlook®: one with support for Office 365 and one web application. Both of these product releases are designed to meet the needs of today’s flexible workforce, which often works remotely and needs to access information on the go. Office 365 gives you access to the same services and software that you’ll find in Microsoft Office®, except it is powered by the cloud. This allows you to access applications and files from virtually anywhere, so you never skip a beat.
Agile working trends enable employees to work when, where, and how they choose. Employees can use an app or online tool like Resource Central to book a meeting and other extra services in just a couple of minutes. Agile working increases productivity and empowers employees to deliver greater value to a business. Agile working also allows companies to evaluate employees based on their results and output versus artificial measures of success, such as time and attendance.
Resource Central supports Office 365 / Exchange Online
Owing to meeting booking tools like Resource Central with support for Office 365 and the Resource Central web app, it is now possible for employees to search for suitable meeting rooms, schedule meetings anytime, anywhere. This means that they can access their company’s meeting room booking system from a web-enabled device, whether they are working from home or are on the road. Enabling employees to book meetings on the spot rather than wait till they get to the office helps ensure that the information they enter is accurate. There are fewer details to remember or make a note of, so employees who are on the road or working remotely have less to worry about. This minimizes stress and maximizes efficiency.
Business Benefits of Agile Working
Agile working is largely framed as a benefit to employees rather than a benefit to businesses. However, workforce agility also offers a number of advantages for a company’s bottom line and can help businesses meet strategic objectives. The following are some examples of the business benefits of agile working:
- • Meet customer needs and demands more efficiently
- • Attract and retain talent
- • Increase productivity and innovation
- • Reduce costs
The need for flexible working arrangements and agility is growing as the business world evolves and creates new challenges and opportunities. Technology is shrinking distances and changing the way we work. Employees can now collaborate in real-time across time and space. To learn more about creating an agile workforce and bringing your team together with the help of a meeting room booking web app or tool that offers support for Office 365, contact us for a free trial or free online demo of Resource Central.