Nationwide is trialling whether traditional office-based staff could work from branches as part of the flexibility initiative. Nationwide is to allow 13,000 office staff to choose where they work under a new flexibility scheme. Click to read; Nationwide Tells 13000 Staff To Work Anywhere on BBC
The UK’s biggest building society said its “work anywhere” plan would allow employees more control of their lives.
Under the plan, Nationwide is closing three offices in Swindon, with 3,000 staff either moving to the nearby HQ, working from home, or mixing the two. Other UK staff may be able to work from their local High Street branch if they prefer, rather than travel to offices.
In a Nationwide survey of staff, 57% said they wanted to work from home full-time after lockdown ends. More than a third – 36% – said they preferred a mix of home and office-based work.
Employees In Control To Design Future of Work
Joe Garner, chief executive of Nationwide, said: “The last year has taught many of us that ‘how’ we do our jobs is much more important than ‘where’ we do them from.” And as a result, they are putting employees in control of where they work from, and inviting them to ‘locate for their day’ depending on what they need to achieve.
″The blurring of lines between home and work and the relentlessness of the pandemic workday have taken a toll on our well-being,” Fraser said in the memo. “It’s simply not sustainable. Since a return to any kind of new normal is still a few months away for many of us, we need to reset some of our working practices.”
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Speaking to the BBC’s Today programme, Mr Garner said that research suggested staff made better decisions when working from home. “People do want to go,” he said. “They just don’t want to be compelled to go every day.”
Nationwide also stated that people won’t be forced to return to an office. But anyone who needs a desk in an office can have one – for whatever reason. Nationwide offices will become hubs where teams can meet for creativity, social connection and collaboration.”
Oil giant BP has told office-based staff they can spend two days a week working from home after lockdown restrictions ease.