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.
- Addleshaw Goddard
- Brunswick Group
- Ernst & Young
- HM Treasury
- John Lewis
- Lloyds Banking Group
- McKinsey & Company
- MTM Products LTD
- Norman Broadbent
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 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 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.
How agile is your organisation?
Agile Future Forum report 2014.
Understand the economic benefits of workforce agility