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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

The Economic Benefits of Workforce Agility

      I am delighted to invite you to our next Leaders’ event which will be a breakfast on Wednesday 1 July at our offices in Bristol. The theme for the breakfast will be the ‘Economic Benefits of Workforce Agility’ and we are delighted to be hosting this event jointly with the Agile Future Forum (AFF). The event will explore how agile working practices are helping to drive growth & ensure that organisations can adapt continuously to our changing world and achieve competitive advantage. KPMG is one of 22 founder members of the Agile Future Forum (AFF), a group of leading employers including Lloyds Banking Group, Cisco, John Lewis and Ford who believe that workforce agility is generating significant and tangible economic benefits for their organisations. The AFF investigates the benefits of workforce agility practices, identifies additional potential value, and helps other organisations regardless of size, sector or geography replicate good practices. At this event the AFF will share the economic benefits it has found from agility; discuss case study examples, including KPMG’s own experiences, impart findings on how ready UK organisations are to implement agile working and share it’s golden rules for implementing a more agile workforce. I hope to see you at the event. Click here to RSVP Map   Kind regards, Phil Cotton South Region Chairman KPMG LLP            ... read more

Microsoft Joins The Agile Future Forum

The Agile Future Forum are proud to announce and welcome their newest member to the AFF, one of the largest technology companies in the world – Microsoft. Playing a key role in agility Microsoft are already implementing strategies to help their customers. Transport for London move to contactless payment system, http://bit.ly/1Ny7gyg Glasgow City Council, citizens have open access to big data, http://bit.ly/1PDa1gg “Time is our most precious commodity. It’s precious because it’s finite – we cannot stretch it, bend it, or travel backwards in it. And, because we never seem to have quite enough, how we use it is important. Yet if we want to help people spend more of their day doing the things that have value to them, and less on the things that don’t, then as employers we need to think and act very differently. Smarter more agile working, backed by intelligent technology, can help all of us balance our needs between work life and rest of life. Work when you are at your most effective, from where you can be most productive, alongside the people you need to get the job done. Whenever, wherever and whoever, we will help you do more of the things you love.” Quote from Michael Van der Bel, Microsoft CEO UK             For members of the Agile Future Forum, case studies from Microsoft will be available soon. If you haven’t already done so then you can join the Agile Future Forum for free access to all our case... read more

How agile are UK companies today?

By Simon Collins, UK Chairman and Senior Partner, KPMG in the UK At KPMG we learned the benefits of agile working when the market was at its most challenging – but it’s now helping us to drive growth as a business and be the clear choice for our clients. So what is an ‘agile’ organisation? For me it’s one which is able to adapt continuously to our changing world in order to achieve a competitive advantage and sustainable growth. It means more than simply being flexible. In fact, to be truly agile requires tough decisions being made and clear ground rules. For the last two years KPMG has been privileged to be a member of the Agile Future Forum (AFF). Part of our involvement includes working together on a research project to review the agility of Forum members, by surveying a sample population of their organisation. To do this, we used an index developed by KPMG in consultation with other AFF members to assess how ready an organisation is to utilise its agility to gain significant advantage. This has provided some great insights into the progress that is being made. The feedback that we have had from participating members is that the index is an excellent tool to assess their agility. We are now working with a number of members to extend the use of this index across their organisation, in order to gain further advantage. If you would like to read more about the index, a summary is available. Three key findings The first key finding of our research was that the majority of organisations evaluated, are moving... read more
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