We’ve had a flexitime policy for some time at Skylab. We are all different, some of us are productive early in the morning, some of us at night and by offering flexible working hours, our staff can manage their own time and decide themselves which hours to work as long as it is in the established core hours.
We recently expanded the policy and gave our staff the option to work remotely/from home. This gives our team even more freedom and autonomy to manage their working days. We believe in happy staff, and a good work-life balance is essential to achieve this. Research has shown that an improved work-life balance will increase productivity, lower absenteeism, improve employee health and well-being and reduce stress levels all over the workforce, so we thought this was well overdue!
Some feedback from the team on the new expanded policy:
Our designer Steven suddenly saw himself “stranded” in Liverpool after Lime Street Station closed down for a month.
He says “Working from home has saved me from a near 3-hour commute each way to work, due to the closure of Lime St. It allows me to start and end the day at a sensible time without spending a large chunk of my day travelling between work and home”.
Not only do we offer flexible working hours and the option to work from home, but we are also looking at other ways to improve our working environment and provide options for people who have different working styles.
You may now wonder which tools we use to make working remotely doable, our favourites are:
With remote working, a company needs to find the right balance, and every company is different. For us, we always say that our preference is for people to come to the office, and work closely together as a team, getting to know one another, and this still happens. We wouldn’t want us to be an entirely remote team – at least, not for the foreseeable future!