Microsoft work with the Anywhere Organisation to promote a flexible working ethos. With this in mind, they decided to change the way it’s Amsterdam office operates in order to sell the idea to others.
They therefore decided to completely redesign the office and invest heavily in unified communications, cloud computing and staff training and support. This means that staff no longer have their own desk but they can choose to work wherever they want to based on what they need to achieve that day. Working areas include restaurants, meeting rooms, private rooms and hot desks and open areas. Staff are also encouraged to work from home where possible.
The working ethos is entirely flexible but based on output and results rather than locations and hours; managers are clear about what is expected and work with staff to determine what needs to be achieved. It is then up to each staff member as to how they achieve it.
Microsoft claim to have a happier workforce, increased productivity, higher sales and cost savings as a result of these changes.
Dell are also embracing flexible working to achieve more. Bryan Jones from Dell said:
“I think the workplace of the future to me looks like a connected, enabled, empowered knowledge worker, an employee who is less bound by physical location, by conventional work hours, and the performance of that employee is judged more by the output and indexed towards quality of output rather than the number of hours worked.”
So is this the way forward and will more businesses adopt flexible working approaches in order to achieve more?