As a consultancy, our first thought is to ensure our people are happy and to respect their individual needs – the excellence of our consultants is what sets us apart. Of course, we have to balance this against delivering great work for clients and success for our business. Previously, the challenge has been to align our preferred working patterns with our clients’ needs, and pre-pandemic this led to less flexible working patterns, and the majority of time spent in our office locations, or on client sites.
During the pandemic, we learned that there are many benefits to working remotely, and we learned that there are some limits. Most importantly, we’ve learned that we can be more flexible and that our customers are happy with this. Our approach now realises the potential of being productive from home along with the benefits of working in shared team environments and spending time with our clients.
The new flexible working approach is a change we’ve enthusiastically embraced. In recognition that this approach will lead to the primary purpose of offices being for team-based activities, we are currently redesigning our spaces to support and encourage flexible, collaborative working.
We have a device refresh policy that ensures all colleagues have a modern, appropriately specified laptop to meet their needs for flexible working, and our benefits package includes £200 to set up your home working environment.