New ways of working – Introducing your Hybrid and Flexible Working Policy

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Last year, we asked you to share thoughts on your preferences for flexible working as part of the Our Modern Workspace project. Thanks to everyone who provided feedback.  

The survey findings indicated that most of you said that having the choice of where to work from was important and that you wanted to continue with a flexible approach to working.  

We have listened to this feedback, taken on board your comments and incorporated this approach in our new Hybrid and Flexible Working Policy.  

You can access the policy on MyCouncilWorks.  

The new policy forms part of the Our Modern Workspace project and identifies a fresh approach to work that reflects job roles, ways of working and updates our buildings to accommodate this. This replaces the Alternative Way of Working Policy. 

What does this mean for me?  

Having the choice of where and how you work underpins the new policy.  

If you are already working from home this means that you can continue to work from home, or if you prefer you can work some or all of the week in the office.  

New work styles  

In the policy, we have included new work styles for every post.  

They include: 
 

  • Remote – for posts where the majority of work can be carried out from any location 
  • Mobile – where the nature of the work requires you to regularly undertake customer or site visits away from your base (depending on the nature of your duties, your base could be home or office)  
  • Fixed – where the nature of duties requires you to carry out work from a council location.  

How do I change my working arrangements? 

With the new policy, you can ask to change your working arrangements (hours, location and work pattern)  

Although you could do this with our previous policy, we have made the process easier for you now with the introduction of an online request form.  

Use your post work style as a guide to the nature of the flexibility available to you with your role.  

You can find the flexible working request form on MyCouncilWorks  

For line managers – further guidance on this process is available in the Hybrid and Flexible Working Procedure.  

  Webinars 

If you would like more information about the new policy, we are holding a series of webinars. Please feel free to join on any of the following dates: 

Date Time Link 
Wed 31 May 2023 9:30 – 10:30am Click here to join the meeting 
Fri 02 June 2023 11:00 – 12:00pm Click here to join the meeting 
Mon 05 June 2023 3:30 – 4:30pm Click here to join the meeting 
Tue 06 June 2023 12:00 – 1:00pm Click here to join the meeting 

If you have any questions about the policy or this process, contact the HR Advice Line team on 01546 605513 (option 2) or email HRemployeerelationsenquiries@argyll-bute.gov.uk  

Kind regards 

Jane Fowler 
Head of Customer Support Services  

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