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Hybrid working at Scott Logic

At Scott Logic, our hybrid working approach realises the potential of being productive from home along with the benefits of working in shared team environments and spending time with our clients.

Our consultants have always aligned their working patterns to the needs of our clients. And just as our clients have evolved to adapt to the impact of the pandemic on working patterns, we have evolved too. We’re learning and adapting, and will continue to listen to feedback and refine our hybrid working approach over time.

We’ll first describe how our approach works for everyone in the Scott Logic community before focusing on some specifics of how it works for our consultants. Let’s begin with the principles on which our approach is based.
 

Principles of our hybrid working approach

Our People Promise

New working patterns should remain compatible with our People Promise: we don’t prioritise client delivery above the wellbeing of our people; and we don’t expect our people to work in locations that don’t suit their circumstances.

Trust

Scott Logic trusts consultants to do the right thing to discharge their role responsibilities. Consultants acknowledge that this may mean some variability in location from time to time to meet client and business needs.

Client focus

As a consultancy, due consideration must be given to client and team needs by all individuals, with a focus on collective productivity and quality.

Face to face

We become more meaningfully connected with one another through physically spending time together. These interactions significantly deepen and strengthen both our Scott Logic community and our client relationships. This may be collaborating in the same space, or it could be regularly socialising together.

How it works

You agree your general working pattern in discussion with your team if you’re a consultant, or your line manager if you’re not a consultant. 

It’s important to note that circumstances may change—e.g. you may move on to a new team with different requirements, you may reach a different stage in your career, or your personal circumstances may change—so the working patterns you agree are not set in stone and can be reviewed as needed.

We want to offer you as much flexibility as you’re seeking; however, it’s important to strike the right balance with the needs of your team, Scott Logic and our clients. So, there’s a range of considerations that need to be factored into the discussion:

Alignment

Whether you’re working in the office or remotely, you will need to be available every weekday and ensure that you have time that overlaps with your team and the wider Scott Logic community. We expect people to align team working time to be available for meetings, for collaborative working and for other activities such as line management.

Office-based responsibilities

Some roles include responsibilities that require more time in the office in order to perform them effectively. To offer examples: the focus of your role may be on supporting the smooth running of the office, or you may have mentoring responsibilities.

Face time

We don’t support fully remote working at Scott Logic. We believe that everyone benefits—Scott Logic, your team and you—from regular face-to-face interactions.

Variability

There may be times in the calendar year or stages of a project where more or less than usual office-based working will be required, due to the levels of collaboration and teamwork involved – for example, during project initiation.

Categories of hybrid working

We have delineated some broad categories of hybrid working to help illustrate how our approach works. These categories are not intended to be prescriptive or in any way contractual. Instead, they are intended to provide some practical examples of the roles and responsibilities that are likely to require more or less time in the office.

You may wish to work mainly from the office due to personal circumstances or preferences. This is entirely possible within our new office configurations and desk-booking processes.

More often remote

1–2 days every couple of weeks

We expect that the majority of the Scott Logic community will fit into this category.

As a consultant, you have the option to work remotely more often if you are no longer a graduate and have not yet taken on line management or mentoring responsibilities. Face-to-face collaboration is an important part of projects, so you should be in the office for the key ceremonies at the end of one iteration and the beginning of the next – and for any important planning meetings that are not part of the usual cycle. You should have your catch-up meetings with your line manager in person whenever possible; it may be possible to schedule these on the same day as the ceremonies or planning meetings.

If your role is in support of the business but is not directly related to the running of the office, you can work more often remotely. However, it is still important to be in the office for collaborative activities and to strengthen relationships within and beyond your team.

More office-based

1-2 days per week

If as a consultant you have line management or mentoring responsibilities in addition to your consultancy role, it’s likely that you will need to spend more time in the office. We believe that face-to-face interactions are key to carrying out these responsibilities effectively; and not just through scheduled meetings, but through being available for questions and guidance throughout the working day.

If you have client-facing responsibilities, it’s likely that you will want to spend less time working remotely and more time in the office or on client sites in order to manage relationships, showcase work and grow accounts.

If you have leadership responsibilities, it is likely that you will need to spend more time in the office in order to foster strong face-to-face relationships across the business and to be the figurehead for initiatives you are leading. There will also be a greater requirement to travel between our offices in the effective performance of your responsibilities.

Mostly office-based

More often than not in the office

You may feel that you would benefit from a high level of interaction with colleagues or clients and want to establish strong working relationships, collaborate on projects or learn on the job. If you’re a graduate, on a discovery engagement or otherwise relying on a high level of engagement to achieve your goals, being in the office will connect you with your mentors/clients and encourage ‘osmosis’.

Agreeing your working patterns as a team of consultants

Our hybrid working approach is based on trust. It is up to teams to determine their own working pattern plan – one that works for the team, works for our business and works for our clients.

At the start of an engagement, your team will explicitly discuss and collectively agree on an approach to working patterns as part of a wider ‘ways of working’ conversation. You will be encouraged to state your individual preferences—factoring in the considerations around alignment, face time, office-based responsibilities and variability described above—and these will be accommodated as much as possible. 

As a team, you will consider what kind of collaboration with the client is needed. We expect the client to understand our approach to working patterns and encourage them to input into the conversation.

Your team will then document its approach (e.g. as part of a team manifesto), so that there is clarity on when and where the team will come together.

Beyond your team, you’ll agree on a cadence of catchups with your line manager, including how and where to meet. We encourage you to meet face to face where possible. We also hold regular social events in and around our offices, as well as with our clients; and ad hoc get-togethers are also a big feature of life at Scott Logic. We encourage you to take part in these if they’re of interest and to plan your working pattern to accommodate this.

If you’d like to know more about roles and hybrid working at Scott Logic, we’d be happy to chat.

Drop an email to applications@scottlogic.com

Meet some of the Scott Logic team

Molly

Molly

Developer, Newcastle

“Scott Logic stood out because it showed a genuine interest in having different perspectives within the company as well as demonstrating a commitment to helping its staff develop their careers.”

Charles

Charles

Test Engineer, Bristol

“I was thrilled to be hired and was enrolled on the Graduate Programme... The great thing was all the graduates were located in the same open area of the office, so you could get feedback from someone who was coming to the end of the scheme or reach out for help from employees.”

Atika

Atika

Lead UX Designer, Edinburgh

“I love the job as it’s always rewarding to help clients understand what they need from, say, their app and how to make the UX work for their customers. Best of all, no two days are ever the same; there are challenges and variety baked into the role because you’re a consultant. I never feel as if I’m being pigeonholed or told to stay in my ‘box’.”