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
The world of work is changing dramatically. Businesses need to be agile and responsive to new demands from consumers and that requires flexibility within the workforce. We need Partners to contribute their discretionary effort through roles that are meaningful and rewarding for them, and productive and innovative for the Partnership
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.”
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 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
Agile working practices enable Citi to better serve clients with innovation and execution whilst creating a better work environment for our employees.
At B&Q we do more than sell products. We help people to improve their homes, which in turn, improves their lives. That’s why our core purpose now is Better Homes, Better Lives. Our long and well known legacy of removing our retirement age over 20 years ago, along with our inclusive approach to agile working, helps us achieve this.
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.
Our new flexible working initiative ‘Take Time’ is an excellent way to allow colleagues to spend more time on external passions and interests, whilst still ensuring we can meet the needs of our clients. It has already proved very helpful in recruitment and retention and by better matching capacity with client demand, there is also an operational benefit.
Workplace agility is a key business tool enabling us to operate in a way that meets the needs of our customers, shareholders and colleagues.
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.