About the AFF

The Agile Future Forum (AFF) consists of 22 individual employers. The group is a diverse one: it includes small, medium and large enterprises, companies based in locations across the UK, businesses from every part of the economy and both public and private sector organisations. Collectively, the group employs more than 500,000 people and serves as a microcosm of the UK’s economy. Crucially, each of the members has one thing in common – a track record of managing agile working practices within their own organisations.

The AFF came together following discussions between the Coalition Government, which believes greater workplace agility could be an important spur for economic growth, and Sir Win Bischoff, the chairman of Lloyds Banking Group agreed to establish and chair a group of like-minded employers that would consider the issue of workforce agility. Their initial focus was to investigate & prove the value of creating a more agile workforce to their businesses.  Having successfully proven the business case for agile working the group then started to investigate how they might best support other UK companies extract genuine additional business value by increasing the level of agile working practices in their business. The group is independent of Government.

Each of the AFF’s members shares the view that there are real economic benefits in having an agile workforce and see agility as a key business tool that can help them meet the changing economic, demographic and technological challenges they face.

AFF Founder Members
  • Addleshaw Goddard
  • B&Q
  • BP
  • Brunswick Group
  • BT
  • Bupa
  • Cisco
  • Citi
  • Ernst & Young
  • Eversheds
  • Ford
  • HM Treasury
  • ITV
  • John Lewis
  • KPMG
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Mitie
  • MTM Products LTD
  • Norman Broadbent
  • Tesco
  • Willis

The Context to Agile Working
The external business context has changed significantly since the 1980s and a number of shifting trends have created new challenges and opportunities for companies.

Work is becoming more complex

Work is becoming more complex and technology-dependent, creating a need for employees to manage their own working styles and time. Many routine roles have become automated, while other roles have become more complex and global in scope, requiring a more agile approach.

Rapid globalisation

Rapid globalisation and more demanding customer expectations present UK companies with new opportunities, but capturing these opportunities and meeting customer demands requires a 24/7 culture and responsive agile workforce.

Changing demographics

Changing demographics mean that there will be a more heterogeneous workforce profile in the future, with up to five generations – with correspondingly diverse approaches to work – expected to work in the company of the future.  Increased longevity and a less secure investment environment will create opportunities and challenges around accommodating an ageing workforce. At the same time, younger generations bring new values and expectations around working life, flexibility and a more social approach to work.

The Agility Mindset

The Agility Mindset uniquely presents and defines the business value of workforce agility in the UK for the first time. Written by Fiona Cannon OBE, one of the UK’s most eminent workplace diversity experts, The Agility Mindset presents an unrivalled wealth of unique research, opinions and practical solutions from leading business leaders, supported by case studies from organisations across all sectors. For the first time, The Agility Mindset: presents unique research that demonstrates that, in the areas reviewed by the AFF, agile working practices are currently generating value equivalent to 3 – 13% of workforce cost with the opportunity to generate further value equivalent to 3 -7% of workforce costs brings together case studies of real deployments of agile working practices, contributed by CEOs of various AFF members, including Ford of Britain, KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, ITV, BT and Yorkshire Building Society argues that the productivity gains at a company level achieved by AFF members suggest that more widespread use of agile working practices could lead to improvements in the UK’s productivity Presents  tools, developed by and tested on AFF founder members, to assess the value of agile working practices; including an Agile Readiness Index and the Business Value Assessment (BVA) which uniquely starts with the needs of the organisation, and focuses on quantifying organisational benefits Provides practical advice on how to overcome barriers to the implementation of agile working practices – the majority of which are internal to organisations, and can be resolved or avoided with careful planning Hears from the AFF CEOs and chairmen about the future of work in a volatile, uncertain and complex world where... read more

YBS Group Join The AFF

Agile Future Forum welcomes new member YBS Group, view and download the YBS case study below. YBS Group – John Heaps ” The introduction of a smart working policy is already making a big contribution to the essential relationship of trust that lies at the heart of YBS’s culture. Smart working both reflects the importance placed on colleagues’ well-being and also demonstrates how our trust agenda works in practice positively impacting colleague engagement, reducing absenteeism and increasing the ability to attract the very best talent in a very competitive market.” Download the YBS Group case study... read more
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