Free to succeed

Free to succeed

It often seems that just when you’re getting to grips with one new development another comes along that’s heralded as being even more important. And as many companies now formalise their flexible working policies, the buzz is building around agile working.

Although the two share common ground, there purposes are not as similar as the names would suggest. Jo Moxon, Capability Director at BGL Group, explains that ‘flexible’ is simply an aspect of ‘agile’. “For me, flexible working is about variety in the hours people work, along with the location they work from. Largely the outcomes are the same – it’s just done in a different way. Whilst businesses do benefit from flexible working, I see it primarily as a great engagement tool to allow the individual a better work/life balance.”

Heather Wilson, Director of People & Organisation Development at Rockpool Digital says that agile takes these ideas much further. “Agile working is not a process, it’s a culture. It’s about redefining how we look at working. It incorporates elements of flexible working such as flexi-time and working from home but goes much further than that. It shifts the focus to outcomes and performance rather than time spent.” She explains that in theory it should allow staff from any position in the company to be utilised for any project. “Agile working allows companies to get the best out of everyone. It’s about not pigeonholing employees by their job title or the function they perform, and using processes, technology, people, as well as time and place, to create the optimum environment to perform.”

 Read the full feature in March's HR Grapevine Magazine >

To continue reading FREE content

To continue reading
FREE content

For news and offers direct to your inbox and online, pop your details below.

Register

* By registering you agree that you have read and agree to our Terms and Conditions and that Executive Grapevine International Ltd and its partners may contact you regarding relevant content and products.

If you find yourself asked to register again, please make sure that your browser cookie is enabled.

We would like you to become part of HR Grapevine and join the most engaged online communities of HR Professionals in the UK. Thousands of HR Professionals just like you have already registered with HR Grapevine and we would like you to join in - its FREE!

However, an EU regulation coming our way means that to continue hearing from us, you will need to become a registered user. No matter the outcome of BREXIT, this regulation will apply to us while we remain in the UK and perhaps beyond.

Access across the HR Grapevine site will continue to be free of charge once you register. You will also be able to join our other communities for:

  • Recruiters
  • Business Leaders

Every reader we retain, is very important to us, and we would appreciate you taking the time to Register with us now.

More Features