2018 and the Rise of the Agile Worker

It’s no secret that technology has changed the way we work. For instance, surveys indicate that more people are spending at least some amount of time each year working outside the office. Digital technology has made this trend possible, and so have alternatives office solutions. Thanks to collective workspaces, people can often get their daily tasks done in an environment that may offer them greater convenience, stimulation, or resources than a traditional workspace.

These trends show no signs of slowing. Some even believe that the overall workforce is shifting away from an emphasis on full-time employee roles. Instead of a workforce in which employees work for one organization on a long-term basis, we’re seeing the rise of an agile workforce. Agile workers are people that work on cross functional teams and can take on temporary roles, moving on to another position after completing a project.

Agile Workforce Developments

This isn’t mere speculation. A recent survey indicates that agile workers are becoming increasingly important to employers. Additionally, nearly half of all employees who may not be considered “agile” report being potentially interested in agile roles in the future.

Technological Advancements Enable and Enhance the Agile Worker

Again, this trend has developed thanks to certain key factors. Technology has made it easier than ever for companies to hire remote workers and build an agile workforce. This can satisfy all parties involved. The remote worker doesn’t have to travel to the office, and can look for gigs outside their immediate geographical area. Meanwhile, their employer can find the right person for a project, instead of limiting their search to the right candidate who can make it to the office every day.

The Rise of Freelancers Promote the Establishment of Cross Functional Teams

These factors have also made it possible for organizations to flexibly hire cross functional teams. These teams, which typically consist of lower-level employees from multiple departments working on one project together, often consist of freelancers who may not continue working for the company after the project is finished. These agile workers can play a very important role in a business’ growth at any stage.

More Collective Workspaces Provide an Agile-Friendly Layout

For instance, a company may hire a group of remote workers to develop a new product. These teams don’t even need to come into the company’s main office. With a proper agile workspace layout, the cross functional team can collaborate together in one space for the duration of the project.

In other words, you don’t need to work alone to be a part of the agile workforce. It’s still possible to collaborate on an active, daily basis, the same way you would if you had a traditional office role. You can simply find a collective workspace that offers the amenities and resources your team needs to complete the project. Then, as agile workers do, you move on to your next gig.

The overall impact these trends will have on the nature of work has yet to be seen. That said, it’s clear that collective workspaces and digital technology have facilitated major changes that would not have been possible only a few years ago. Luckily, it appears these changes primarily benefit both in-house and remote workers and their employers.