A Critical Evaluation of My Company's Approach to Organisational Agility and Resilience

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Executive summary

The purpose of this report is to examine Team24’s approach to organisational agility and resilience; looking specifically at the promotion of flexible working practices. It explores the benefits to the organisation of championing flexible working opportunities within the company and demonstrates how enabling more people to work flexibly improves their lives by providing a better balance between work and outside commitments.

An organisations approach to organisational agility and resilience can be gauged in part by looking at flexibility in the workplace, examining and developing working practices to fit the needs of the workforce and securing their commitment to ongoing quality and company strategy. Any
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When recruiting businesses can look for people with the right skills without being limited by work patterns.

Flexible working is on the increase in the UK due to government initiatives, employment regulation and greater understanding from employers of the benefits of implementing these initiatives. This understanding includes the different methods available, rather than just the assumption that flexible working is the option to work part time. Instead there are options to look at functional, numerical, temporal and financial flexibility.

Employees have the right to request flexible working arrangements and there are a number of government commitments and plans to promote and encourage family friendly working practices, with steps to improve flexible working opportunities including ‘Building Britain’s recovery’ (2009), ‘Support for all: the families and relationships green paper’ (2010) and ‘Working towards equality: A framework for action’ (2010).

Whilst some organisations are embracing these changes there are still obstacles in the form of management objections, operational reasons and cultural difficulties that need to be addressed in order to positively influence organisational takeup.

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