This is a place to find reference to ground breaking Guides  and papers on Agile Working and agility in the workplace

Corporate Strategy driving Workplace Design – The changing Face of Property

A paper produced in September 2011 by Smith Madden, Australian Architects on corporate strategy and agility and how this impacts on workplace design. This paper follows and references a number of Paul Allsopp’s articles on agile working and “agile property”.

The State of Telework in the U.S.

A study published in June 2011 by the Telework Research Network and sponsored by Citrix Online looks at telework trends over the past five years. The report reveals who’s really teleworking, what they’re doing, and where they’re doing it. US Teleworking is growing but not significantly. The conclusion is that although a majority of large companies offer telework, it’s largely granted as an occasional accommodation for only a handful of employees. While 80% of employees want to some form of teleworking what is preventing widespread adoption is that most companies simply don’t have the culture of trust that comes from measuring performance by what people do rather than when, where, or how they do it.

Out of Office: Building Teams for an Agile Future

A report published in June 2010 by diversity organisation “Opportunity Now” based on survey of over 1500 managers and staff from 13 large organisations in private and public sector to understand their attitude to agile working. The document is useful in offering practical advice on overcoming the identified barriers to adopting agile and flexible working. Good reading for creating truly agile organisations.


Interesting report published 2010 by Unwired and Regus which sets out to predict the future of work.Their research not only looks at evidence based on case studies from early adopters of radical workstyles across the globe. It follows new trends and also discusses issues with leading heads of real estate from global companies to understand their thinking, concerns and aspirations for the new world of work.

The Role Of Property in Recessionary Cycles

A 2010 BCO research report looks at the question of how to develop a property strategy during an economic downturn. The purpose of this research was to  look at how the larger occupiers utilized their property assets most effectively and to see what lessons were transferable to the small and medium sized enterprise. The research team interviewed 29 occupier organisations with responsibility for more than 20 million square feet of office space.

Property in the Economy: Agile Working

The RICS commissioned research in its Property in the Economy series culminating in an interesting article in June 2009 entitled “Agile Working” which explores the complex relationships and drivers behind business agility, and at ways the property industry can better connect with and support business growth.    Download

Working Beyond Walls: The Government Workplace as an Agent for Change

A guide produced by The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and DEGW in 2008 aimed at modernising Civil Service ways of working. It outlines measures to ensure the Civil Service adapts to meet the challenges of the modern age, and is set to radically enhance ways in which civil servants deliver high quality services. It paints a picture of the Civil Service in 2020 where home-working and mobile working is commonplace, and Government office workspaces are used more efficiently and operations are more sustainable.

The guide encourages new thinking on information and communication technology, styles of working, estate transformation, strategic asset management, sustainable design and human resource issues. It is intended to lead to the further development in the Civil Service of diverse workspaces and innovative ways of working that deliver greater productivity, attract talent, and ultimately provide better value for money for the taxpayer. Download

The Agile Workplace: Supporting People and their Work

In 2000 Gartner and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) launched a one-year project to study the “workplace industry”. The result a report entitled “The Agile Workplace: Supporting People and Their Work.”  It found that Change is a recurring feature. New developments in the business economy, new technologies, and new attitudes about what can be accomplished by workplace development all suggest significant change in the workplace in the years ahead.  It identified “twelve emerging practices” – compare these with the actual experience of the last decade. A visionary paper.    Read More