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.

7: What is the Agility Mindset Podcast?

The Agility Mindset Podcast is the latest communication from the AFF underpinning the Agility agenda.  Aimed at forward-thinking business leaders, this practical and engaging podcast is hosted by Fiona Cannon and explores agile working in practice and the transformational thinking and that’s changing business.

Series one is available to listen to / download from January 2019

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...

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