Dorel Topan

Dictionary: Agile Working

About the “Dictionary”: Launched today, the “Dictionary” on this site will include novel HR-specific and contemporary business terms that are either trendy or avantgardistic, popular or leading-edge.

Each term will be described in an ‘elevator pitch’ manner (a very short presentation that you would do to somebody you briefly meet, like in an elevator, to attract her/his attention), but the interested reader will always find additional bibliography links to further document her/himself.


Agile Working

The first time I came across the term ‘agile working’ was in a recruitment ad inserted by the Unilever company, that was including ‘agile working’ as a benefit for the future holder of the searched position.

The term instinctively leads thinking towards flexible working, flexible hours or home working. But work is an activity, not a place! (RICS)

Therefore it sounds rather like “Martini” working (see Martini ads of the 80s) = “anytime, anyplace, anywhere”.

The term is multi-dimensional: ‘agile working’ is not just limited to doing the same work in the same way at a different time and place.

Agile working = time + place flexibility + doing work differently, focusing on performance & outcomes


The Agile Organisation / Work & Place in the 21st Century
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
FMworld, Test of Agility


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