UK financial services firm, Deloitte has told all 20,000 of its UK employees they will be able to choose when, where and how they work in the future once it is safe to do so.
Chief executive, Richard Houston, explained he won’t be setting the number of days for people to be in the office or in specific locations. “That means that our people can choose how often they come to the office, if they choose to do so at all, while focusing on how we can best serve our clients," he said.
The announcement on 18 June came after Deloitte surveyed its people and found 96 per cent said they want to have the freedom to choose how flexibly they will work in the future. Eighty-one per cent plan on working from a Deloitte office for up to two days a week.
Mr Houston commented: "The impact of the pandemic has profoundly changed our way of life, not least in the way we work.
“The last year has really shown that one size does not fit all when it comes to balancing work and personal lives. It has also shown that we can trust our people to make the right choice in when, how and where they work.”
Deloitte anticipates its office buildings being used mainly for team collaboration, training and client meetings.
The company plans to use feedback from clients and its people to help shape hybrid working in the months ahead.
Houston added: " This is a fantastic opportunity for us to embrace the benefits from the last 16 months of being able to spend more time at home, while our people can be flexible in the way they work and reconnect with their colleagues and the office as needed.”
He added that it will also be critical that the future of work is ‘inclusive for all of our people.’
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