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
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.
We are constantly looking for new ways of enhancing the service we deliver to the business and our clients whilst
making Eversheds a flexible and inclusive place to work where all employees have the opportunity to flourish. Flexible working is just one of the steps towards achieving our vision. It is about client service excellence and working smarter, exactly what our people and clients would expect from a progressive law firm like Eversheds.
The retail landscape has transformed over the last few years, with more people shopping online, on their mobiles and at different times of day. As a business, we’ve evolved to respond to these changes. Making sure we have the right
people working in the right roles at the right times is a fundamental part of that. Our experience has shown that if
you engage with colleagues and explain to them why changes are being made, and ask them to suggest changes that would
work best for them, it IS possible to reach a solution that works for customers, for colleagues and for the business as a whole.
Workplace agility is a key business tool enabling us to operate in a way that meets the needs of our customers, shareholders and colleagues.
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.
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 ability to respond to the ever changing challenges and opportunities in today’s world is key to businesses of all sizes. Having a well-motivated and agile workforce has proved a major enabler in this regard at MTM.
We have used flexible approaches to work for many years. We have found that it enables a higher level of client
service, makes our people happier and saves money. We also see more opportunity to expand from where we are to make flexible working truly ‘business as usual’, ensuring that our firm is as agile and adaptive as possible, something that is simply essential in the ever changing, fast paced and increasingly global business landscape of today.”
The Treasury has been innovative in its approach to agile working over the past few years, both in response to the financial crisis and more recently in embedding new practices in business and contingency planning. Our ability to respond quickly to the events in Cyprus was a good example of the new techniques in action.
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.