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Small- and Mid-Sized Companies Take Cues from Larger Businesses
Small- to mid-sized companies are using hot-desking, team-based environments, open-plan offices, and telecommuting to create workplace flexibility.
How should small- to mid-sized companies approach improving their flexibility agility?
Debra Moritz, International Director, Strategic Consulting, Jones Lang LaSalle
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The approach that small- to mid-sized companies can take in improving their flexibility and agility is similar to what larger companies are doing. In many regards, small- and mid-sized companies have an advantage in that they are typically younger and more entrepreneurial, and therefore, a traditional, antiquated workplace culture might not be as firmly entrenched as it might be within a larger, more established organization. Therefore, change might be easier to implement.

Here are some of the most effective ways for small- to mid-sized companies to incorporate more flexible and agile elements into the workplace:
• Hot-desking: Desks are used on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Team-Based Environments: Teams have unassigned work areas that may include couches, tables and chairs, and huddle rooms. All of these are easily configurable
• Evolved Open-Plan Environments: Open-plan environments are becoming more compact and designed to support approaches such as hoteling. Cube partitions may be reduced or eliminated in favor of more open space supplemented by quiet rooms, teaming areas, and touchdown space.
• Flex-time and telecommuting solutions for individuals to have flexibility in work locations, settings, and schedules.
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