Frequently Asked Questions

1: What is the difference between flexible working and agile workforce?
Workforce agility allows an organisation to establish the optimal workforce to support an organisation’s objectives. We define agile working practices along four dimensions:


•  Time: when do they work? (e.g. part-time working; staged retirement)

•  Location: where do they work? (e.g. people working across multiple sites)

•  Role: what do they do? (e.g. multi-skilling)

•  Source: who is employed? (e.g. using contractors or temps).

Flexible working has traditionally been defined somewhat narrowly: usually as a benefit for employees and a cost to employers. We believe that agile practices can be configured to generate value for both the employer and the employee.

2: What are the goals and objectives of the Agile Future Forum?
Our ambition therefore is 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.

We aim to achieve this purpose by:

  • Change UK cultural mindset: from flexibility to agility
  • Support the increase of agile working practices across the UK
  • Position the UK as one of the most agile countries in the world
3: how can my organisation get help becoming more agile?

The AFF has developed a set of business tools, research, case studies and support guides that can be freely accessed via the website. For further help or support please contact one of the AFF affiliates

4: Can my company talk to any of the AFF members about their agile experiences?

Please contact one of our AFF Affiliate organisations for more agile working insights and support

5: If my company is interested in creating a more agile workforce how could we take it forward?

Take a look at the Organisational Readiness Index and the AFF toolkit – both products have been developed in collaboration with our founder members to  help create a more agile workforce.

6: I am a small business owner – will this methodology help me with some of my day-to-day business challenges?
The members of the Forum are CEOs, chairs and business owners from a wide variety of industry sectors, geographical locations and company sizes.

Take a look at our SMEs section, starting with the Small Business Introduction.

7: How does the Agile Future Forum work? How is it funded?
The members of the Forum are CEOs, chairs and business owners from a wide variety of industry sectors, geographical locations and company sizes.
The AFF is overseen by a Business CEOs Committee, comprising senior business leaders with a variety of professional backgrounds, this committee is supported by a working group that is made up of business directors who are passionate about workforce agility.

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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