The high street building society sees the benefits of flexible working arrangements for its 13,000 office staff.
With the Covid-19 pandemic having forced a giant, unplanned experiment in alternative working practices on thousands of businesses, more big-name companies are abandoning the traditional office set-up for workers.
After 57% of staff surveyed said they’d like to work from home full-time after the pandemic, Nationwide announced a ‘work anywhere’ scheme designed to offer more flexibility to its workforce. Employees can choose between working from home, Nationwide’s offices or its local high street branches – or a combination of these.
As a freelance writer based on the East Kent coast, I’ve been a part of remote teams for several years. More and more businesses have been embracing the opportunities that come with hiring remote staff. This means that I’ve had the privilege of working with some fantastic clients based in other parts of the country, or even the world.
This movement has been accelerated by the pandemic, with many businesses struggling to justify the need to have employees sitting at desks, five days a week, if their jobs can be done effectively from home.
Which companies offer remote working?
Nationwide is merely the latest household name to announce a permanent shift away from the old order.
Santander, Unilever, Capita, British Airways, BP and Reach – publisher of the Mirror, Star and Express newspapers – are among the companies to announce recently that some element of hybrid or flexible working will stay, even when Covid-19 social distancing restrictions are lifted.
Benefits of remote working
Businesses of all sizes can adopt a flexible approach to work and benefit from the many advantages. From improved staff wellbeing and loyalty, to reduced overheads and environmental impacts for the business, there are lots of reasons why throwing out the old rulebook about office attendance is a smart idea.
Best of all is that taking a flexible approach can make a huge pool of untapped talent available to even the smallest businesses. Whether you need to recruit a full-time employee or a freelance specialist to your team, removing the requirement to live within commuting distance of your office could make a world of difference.
You no longer have to be based in London or another major city to attract real rock stars to your workforce!