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.
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.
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.
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 in the office 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.
1-2 days in the office 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.