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Workplace flexibility – how does your company compare to the best?

Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces today throws down the gauntlet to companies to find out how flexible they really are by taking the Kinetic Challenge. The test was ( designed by renowned work-place thinker Andrew Mawson and his team at Advanced Workplace Associates and is based on his latest research paper entitled The Kinetic Organisation. It explores how businesses can better organise themselves for success and the tool examines the flexibility of the respondent’s organsiation based on their infrastructure, cost base, structure, leadership, people and culture, management information, environment and approach to risk management. Using peer comparison it then offers practical advice on how to improve.

Mr Mawson’s study, on which Regus’ Kinetic Challenge is based, conducted qualitative discussion sessions with business leaders in Chicago, New York, London, Singapore and Hong Kong, followed by an on-line global validation survey. Six ‘fundamentals’ are calibrated in the Kinetic Challenge, reflecting the study findings that a ‘kinetic organisation’ must be able to: -

· Change without pain to adapt to new threats and opportunities

· Realistically meet promises to clients, shareholders and people

· Maintain a flexible cost base so that it can ‘inflate’ and ‘deflate’ its operations without penalty

· Create a ‘safe’ environment where people are happy to share knowledge and innovate

· Constantly keep products, services, people skills, capabilities, processes, infrastructure and costs under review to remain fresh and competitive.

· Allow elements within each structure to be treated and structured in different ways depending on their activities, risks and the markets in which they operate

Just like a living organism, the Kinetic Organisation adapts and morphs to the business environment around it.

Andrew Mawson comments, “Our research, supported by a grant from Regus, has shown that the successful ‘kinetic’ organisation of the future will be modular, flexible and able to react like lightning to market and economic developments. Anyone in business who wants to measure how close they are to being kinetic should take the test. It helps calibrate what progress has been made, but also the level of work needed to prepare for true, agile competitiveness in future markets.”

About Andrew Mawson and Advanced Workplace Associates

Andrew is Managing Director and a founder of Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA) one of Europe’s leading Workplace Transition consultancies.

Following his training as a statistician and an early career in Business Strategy and Change Management in the IT industry, Andrew is today regarded as a leading specialist on Work/Workplace Strategy and Change Management having advised organisations including Merrill Lynch, Prudential, The Royal Bank of Scotland, The UK Home Office, Ernst & Young and Mintel on their work an workplace strategies. Andrew has a unique appreciation of the links between business performance and the deployment of IT and the workplace to affect the mood, performance and strategic flexibility of the organisation.

Andrew has led a number of research programmes including: the Learning Building programme 1991, the PC video revolution 2000, AWA’s 2020 visions programme 2011 and is a regular contributor to AWA’s Workplace Performance Innovation Network (Workplace PIN). In 2010 Andrew was awarded a Corenet ‘Global Innovators’ award for his work with Workplace TV and is a regular speaker and writer on the link between organisational effectiveness, work and the workplace and the transition to the agile oganisation.

Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA) is one of Europes leading Workplace Transition consultancies. For more information please visit