The workplace of the future is rolling out at a leading Midlands law firm in response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A hybrid approach to working is being permanently introduced at Leamington-based law firm Wright Hassall, which will see the majority of the company’s workforce given the option to split their time between their home and the firm’s offices on Olympus Avenue – once the government’s latest guidance on working from home where possible is relaxed.
Full time and part time staff are also being given the opportunity to flex when they work their contracted number of hours a week, banishing the traditional daily 9 to 5 work patterns.
Wright Hassall’s latest working policy coincided with National Work Life Week between 12 and 16 October – which is organised by the charity Working Families and aims to shed light on the benefits of a healthy work-life balance.
Sarah Perry, Managing Partner at Wright Hassall, said: “While the government is once again urging people to temporarily work from home, we are giving our staff the option to make this a permanent arrangement on some days if they want to.
“The office is no longer defined by where you are, but more by the work itself – and this approach has undoubtedly been accelerated across the business community over the past six months as people have had to adjust to working at home whilst looking after their loved ones.
“While this has proved challenging for some of our workforce, others have found the new way of working beneficial not only in terms of their productivity but also for their overall wellbeing. It has also been encouraging to note that our high standards of client service have not been affected by the move to remote working. Therefore, after listening to feedback, we have decided to forge ahead with some permanent provisions that will enable most of our staff to work from home for some of their working week if they want to.
“As a firm we place great importance on helping our staff to strike the right balance between their work and family life, while continuing to deliver a great service to our clients, and this policy will hopefully play a significant role in helping our current and future workforce to do just that.”