I’m pleased to announce that we have formally adopted a flexible working approach across the business. I have always believed that trusting our teams and giving them the discretion to manage how they work can only be positive, improving the results we deliver for our clients as well as enhancing the overall wellbeing of our people.
There are two elements to how we will approach this at Langleys.
First, where people can do so effectively, they can spend half of their time working from home. Having spoken to our colleagues, this seems to be the balance that suits people the most.
Teamwork is one of our values, and everyone agrees that it is important to spend some time with colleagues in the office. While much of our work can be done from home, there are some things, such as mentoring, learning and personal development that are best done together, in person; when lockdown restrictions are eased I know that we are all looking forward to spending more time together.
The second element is a core hours approach, which we are trialling from April until October. As part of this, people will be able to flex their start and finish times as long as they work between the core hours of 10am – 4pm. We will be asking people for feedback to see if this is successful and if it is something that we want to keep.
For us, being more flexible in how we work is not a cost saving exercise or about reducing our office space. It is about adopting the mindset of a modern, forward-thinking legal business and building the right culture – one where people feel inspired, supported and valued.
In the last 12 months we’ve launched a new contribution framework to support people’s career growth, rolled out our values and softened our business dress policy. Flexible working is another important and positive step towards creating that mindset and culture.