Smart Flexibility: Moving Smart and Flexible Working from Theory to Practice is an engaging and practical management book to help organisations implement Smart Working, and take a business-focused approach to ’Flexible Working’. Written for managers at the leading edge of change, Andy Lake takes a strategic, comprehensive and integrated approach to Smart and Flexible Working. Taking an evidence-based approach, he sets out how to achieve measurable benefits across the Triple Bottom Line. Starting from the underlying principles and the compelling context for change, he takes a pragmatic approach to delivering change in each of the key areas of People (HR), Property and Technology. The book is designed to help professionals understand the vital connecting points across disciplines as well as innovations in their own fields. And there are separate chapters that look at the real impacts for sustainability, the impacts for ’Smart Government’, how to manage the ’Anywhere Anytime Team’ and how to take people on the journey towards a Smart Flexibility organisational culture. The book includes many insights based on the author’s experience and the latest research, many practical techniques for implementing change plus ten new case studies. Smart Flexibility is essential reading for anyone involved in workplace change and increasing the efficiency of organisations. It is aimed at managers who need to deliver change, and will be of great interest to consultants in the fields of workplace design, new technologies and HR/OD/Training.
A graduate of Cambridge University, Andy Lake is a specialist in Smart Working and editor of Flexibility.co.uk, the online journal of flexible work. He has been involved in dozens of implementations of Smart Working, and conducted leading-edge research into its impacts. Previous publications include the Smart Working Handbook, Workhubs: Smart Workspace for the Low Carbon Economy and Can Homeworking Save the Planet? Andy also coordinates the Smart Work Network (www.smart-work.net), a network of 170 larger companies and public sector organisations that collaborate to develop flexible working.
’... I like this book. I liked the author’s use of humour to get the point across. I liked the layout of the chapters and how the book’s gentle meadow-stream flow from one chapter to the next was perfect for people like me. I like the arguments that he presented, and I appreciated the effort put into excellent research with real-world examples ...’ Quality World ’A must-read for anyone interested in or embarking on workplace change. A combination of academic rigour, practical experience and case studies, it reflects Lake’s long-standing position as researcher and consultant in the field of smarter working.’ Flexible Boss, September 2015