What is the Agile Future Forum
The Agile Future Forum (AFF) is a business-to-business initiative consisting of 22 founder members. They reflect a broad range of sectors, sizes and geographical spread and all have a track record of managing workforce agility in the their organisation. Between them, they employ over half a million people across the UK and, as such, are a microcosm of UK plc.
The group has developed a new approach that enables organisations across sectors and whatever their size to consider workforce agility differently – providing tangible benefits to businesses, as well as their employees.
What we’re here to do
To define the business value of workforce agility in supporting the competitiveness of UK plc and provide the leadership and practical support required to increase agile working practices across UK plc.
AFF Founding Members
Agile working can help lead Britain back to growth. It’s good for individuals, and it’s also good for business. We have firsthand experience of this in times of growth and in more difficult times, and we’re looking continuously for ways of becoming more agile and more flexible to provide better client service, and better careers. I hope this initiative will help create new moulds for modern working
The alignment of customer demand, cost control and employee engagement was the foundation for our business case
to become agile in the way that we employ our team.”
The media environment in which ITV operates is dynamic and we must ensure that we adapt with it. It is essential that we have a flexible workforce that can respond to consumers’ evolving needs, and over the last year, ITV has invested in a company-wide Workplace Refresh project to ensure all employees have the tools to achieve our goals.
For more than ten years, Ford Motor Company Ltd has provided its UK employees with access to flexible working
arrangements. It has enabled our employees to better balance their work and home lives and helped them to work effectively in a global business across different continents and time zones. The current economic climate has emphasised the importance of these agile working practices and demonstrated that they can offer organisations a competitive advantage. The workplace agility practices in place in Ford Motor Company Ltd of Britain are creating tangible value for the company.
Cisco is all about connecting the unconnected. Traditional lines between work and life are blending faster than ever before. Leading companies can benefit from technology to help people work their way. Talented people choose to join, stay with and grow at companies that recognize their need to blend work and life. The Agile Future Forum is perfectly timed to shape our future working lives.
MITIE is a fast-growing and ambitious company and will only reach its potential if it makes the most of all the talent within the company. By making sure that we have the right environment, flexibility and support for our people we will succeed together as a company.
Agile working practices enable Citi to better serve clients with innovation and execution whilst creating a better work environment for our employees.
Willis is proud to be associated with the launch of the Agile Future Forum (AFF). It is clear from the research that agile workforce practices have a significant role to play in advancing the interests of both employer and employee in boosting the competitiveness and profitability of UK Plc. Today’s report represents a valuable contribution to the debate over how the UK can continue to prosper in an increasingly competitive and global marketplace.
I strongly believe more agile working practice will help us to move from being a successful organisation to one that delivers extraordinary business performance. We have already seen that we can better meet customer demand and improve service and satisfaction levels while reducing costs and giving employees more flexibility. The pace of change in society today means all businesses need to swiftly innovative, adapt and respond to meet shifting customer needs. I believe agile working will be a part of the solution in meeting this challenge.
Today’s market is constantly evolving, and having a more nimble, agile business helps us to better align with our clients, whilst empowering and motivating our employees to work more flexibly – improving service delivery, productivity, efficiency and employee engagement. We believe agile working is good for business, and we are proud to be a part of the Agile Future Forum. Through collaboration we hope to make a real impact, and we would encourage other organisations to get involved and explore the business benefits agile working can deliver.