Strong team agility drives productivity at home

9 Apr 2021 By Jyoti Rambhai

Research finds agile teams have helped companies adapt during the Covid pandemic

High levels of team agility are key to 80 per cent of people maintaining or improving productivity when working from home, a new study has found.

Research by academics at Alliance Manchester Business School and Cirrus polled 500 people working in large companies before and during Covid to understand how organisational characteristics influence team agility.

It found that team agility drives both team and individual performances and engagement. 

The study identified six factors that comprise team agility: multi-skilled teams, iterative planning, customer involvement, team autonomy, team speed and team prioritisation.

The research also found that agile teams are more resilient and have helped organisations adapt and change during the pandemic, with respondents stating that maintaining high-quality team interaction with both supervisors and colleagues is central.

Dr Simon Hayward, CEO of Cirrus and one of the academics behind the research, said: “Team agility drives workplace performance overall and at an individual level, as well as improving engagement. If leaders can facilitate agile team practices and encourage clear, ongoing dialogue between employees, they can build a strong foundation for success – whether they work from an office location, work remotely or create a hybrid of the two.”

David Holman, professor of organisational psychology at Alliance Manchester Business School, added: “Empowering leadership and strong relationships between senior management and team members both increase team agility, so investing in such leadership capabilities will improve team performance, transform culture and future-proof businesses.”

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