The agile organization

Striking a balance between speed and stability


Though agility is the new norm across multiple sectors and industries (remember the old adage “Change is the only constant”?), some nudging remains necessary for companies all across the corporate landscape to develop agility as a frontline mode of operations.


Of 277 companies in a recent Accenture study, the ones with higher levels of both stabilizing structural backbone and velocity were 436% likelier to be seen as outstanding financial performers in their industries than those that lacked both1. Organizations will take these proof points to heart by more than ever allowing people to have the freedom and responsibility to work out their challenges in order to see a surge in innovation and creativity. The practice of mindfulness, for one, will be standard in the quest to embrace agility. Rather than just talk about it, businesses will put their words into action to access the potential of human beings — which they will acknowledge remains largely untapped.

1 “Competing perspectives on the link between strategic information technology alignment and organizational agility: Insights from a mediation model,” Tallon, P. P. & Pinsonneult. MIS Quarterly, Vol. 35, No. 2 pp. 463-486, June 2011.

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About the 2017 Global Workplace Trends

Every year, Sodexo looks at the main factors affecting the world’s workers and employers now — and in the future. These trends resonate across the spectrum of employee experience and can serve as a useful tool for employers navigating a landscape that is ever evolving.

The 10 trends we explored this year

The agile organization: striking a balance between speed and stability

Organizations are seeking the holy grail of agility—speed plus stability—with an ultimate goal of responding to new conditions, all while keeping employees agile, too, with help from disciplines like mindfulness.

The rise of cross-workplaces: accelerating innovation through chance interactions

The newest iteration of collaborative work spaces takes co-working to a new level, with organizations not only sharing physical space and resources but also intentionally structuring interactions across boundaries to encourage problem-solving approaches that combine strengths to address complex issues.

Employees without borders: understanding the impact of migration on the workplace

The sheer spread and scale of the relocation of workers, in both emerging and developed economies, is driving new opportunities to demonstrate inclusive leadership by evaluating skill needs, availability, location benefits and effective cultural integration.

The new gen of robotics: how robots are transforming the way we work

Robots have been in the workplace for years, and advances in artificial intelligence have led to organizations increasingly using them for jobs that humans used to perform. The newest discussion: exploring the success of robots, especially as they collaborate with people on uniquely human jobs.

Intergenerational learning: a new model for talent development

As people continue to live and work longer, all workers are forcing companies to think differently about hierarchical and traditional employee learning. Employees of all generations are teaching one another from their own experiences and driving a new culture of personal development.

Personal branding goes to work: a powerful tool for employees and employers alike

Personal branding is taking on a new life and getting deeper scrutiny, as employers look to leverage the power of employees’ personal brands for the good of the company.

Redefining workplace experience: putting design thinking principles to work

From physical space and technology to virtual work considerations and amenities, the way workers experience their surroundings is key to a happy workforce. Design thinking can help optimize this experience so that it supports employees both within and outside of the workplace.

The 2030 agenda for sustainable development: reframing CSR through a shared vision and common purpose

The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call on organizations to work together and with government toward a shared vision. The way businesses interpret and adapt practices will affect not only the progress toward meeting the SDGs but also the needs of a workforce hungry for positive change.

Unlocking the potential of millennial talent: a new understanding of what drives this generation

Why do we need to better understand millennials? Grasping the unique set of attributes that this generation brings to the work table gives us a view into the future of the workplace.

Wellness 3.0: the workplace as a wellness destination

Moving beyond “fixing” or preventing health problems, the current approach to wellness features the workplace as a potential catalyst for healthy living for employees, their families and the community at large.

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Dr. Michael Bazigos

MICHAEL BAZIGOS, Ph.D., Managing Director at Accenture Strategy, Adjunct Professor, Department of Organization and Leadership, Columbia University.