The Introduction of Agile Working
Ørsted are Denmark’s largest energy company. They develop and deploy market leading green energy solutions on a global scale focusing on wind power.
They have approximately 500 staff in the London office. Rapid growth means that a one person one desk approach was no longer working for them. Utilisation studies showed that the average occupancy in the building was 41% and in some areas it was significantly less than 41%.
It was decided to introduce agile working across the London office in order to:
- Create space for the projected headcount increase
- Create space for the large number of visitors and consultants
- Maximise the use of available desks when staff are travelling or based temporarily in site offices
- Create more opportunities for collaboration and communication
- Introduce alternative work settings for different types of work
- Avoid additional real estate commitments
- Introduction of a clear desk policy and the enforcement of that
- Reduction of the number of existing desks by 20%
- Retention of existing sit-stand desks
- Introduction of alternative work settings and a quiet area
- Fewer desks but more places to work (desks plus alternative work settings)
- Ørsted Comms Team very involved in the project
- Addressing significant resistance and concerns from some staff
- Detailed planning for implementation weekends
How was it for us?
“Ørsted’s continued success, their rapid expansion and developing business structure in the UK necessitated a review of the occupation strategy for their new HQ building. The project team worked together to review the data collected to provide a clear focus for the development of the planning strategy and its implementation. The end result is a more flexible and efficient workspace which promotes more integrated and collaborative working.”
John Monk, Architect
“The success of this project was down to the multi-disciplinary project team with a combination of Ørsted people and external professionals. Everyone was at the top of their game and committed to the project. Communication was consistently acknowledged by the team as a key contributor to the project’s success”
Julia Kitchen, Agile Working Consultant
The professional team collaborated closely with the in-house project team to plan and manage the introduction of agile working at Ørsted.
Architects – Mansfield Monk
Agile Working Consultant – Julia Kitchen, Workplace Change Ltd.
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