Following on from my previous post on this issue (http://halebury.passle.net/post/102cvy2/law-firms-see-hotdesking-as-agile-working) I was again surprised to see a piece in The Law Society's Gazette on agile working, reporting that Herbert Smith Freehills were adopting agile working by permitting their lawyers to work one day a week at home. This isn't agile working in my understanding of the term.
From www.agile.co.uk "Agile working is about bringing people, processes, connectivity and technology, time and place together to find the most appropriate and effective way of working to carry out a particular task. It is working within guidelines (of the task) but without boundaries (of how you achieve it)."
For me it's about working anywhere and anytime I choose, fitting my work and my non-work comittments together whilst ensuring clients are delighted with what I do for them.
Participants in the trial, which saw them invited to work from home for up to one day a week, gave positive feedback on the scheme. The vast majority - 88 per cent - said the ability to work from home was “somewhat or very important” and 89 per cent reported improved work-life balance.