Flexitime is just one of the ways we empower our team to improve their work/life balance
At Everest, we know that happy teams do awesome work. That’s why we’re constantly reviewing our company policies that empower our team to improve their work/life balance.
Flexitime is a key element of our flexible working policy designed to support the team. It’s simple; provided contracted hours are met, our team can start early, take an extended lunch, or finish late if they need to. It covers ad-hoc changes to help our team balance work and life commitments.
Here’s why it works for us.
Why we offer flexitime
Flexible working is an increasingly important and expected selling point for a growing number of industries and companies in attracting and retaining talent.
- 89% of British employees say flexible working would improve their productivity (ft.com)
- 73% of workers have increased their job satisfaction thanks to flexible working (zenefits.com)
- 70% of jobseekers would be more attracted to a job if it offered flexible working (powwownow.co.uk)
- 75% of millennials would prefer flexible working more than a pay rise (recruitment-international.co.uk)
For us, flexitime just makes sense. It allows our team to balance work and life commitments and make the most of their time.
It also fits perfectly into our core values, empowering us to take responsibility and honour our commitments, while supporting each other to do so.
The employer’s view
“Flexible working is something we’d been considering for quite a while,” said Samuele Armondi, MD. “We’ve heard from clients and contacts that it’s something that works for their teams, but we had to be sure it was appropriate for us.”
“So far it’s working well, and we’re proud of our choice. We held an internal survey and there was an overwhelming response in favour of it – so we listened to our team!”
He added: “We’re not at school anymore, we know life doesn’t fit naturally around a nine to five schedule. This policy change gives Team Everest the ability to continue achieving in a more flexible way that suits them.
“Our performance and work rate will never change; if anything, we always believe a happier team delivers the best results.”
The team’s view
As expected, flexitime has been embraced by the whole team.
One of our developers, Neil said: “Even though I don’t use it much, I just like having the option.
“It acknowledges that life does not run like clockwork. Some days I might be on a roll and will choose to stay later to finish a feature. Other times I may be tired and decide to leave a little early, rather than stay and work less productively.
“Even if you’re stuck behind a tractor in the morning it’s not as bad, thanks to flexitime as you can make up any shortfall after!”
Other team members have used it for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s starting that weekend that extra bit earlier after working longer in the week or taking a longer lunch break to enjoy Cornwall in the sun.
Tom Parker, Website Administrator, added: “For me flexitime has meant that I can have a work/ life balance that works better for me.
“I can take my son to nursery in the morning, as well as visit the bank, barbers or doctors during the week without having to use my leave.”
Flexitime is just one of the ways we empower our team to balance their work and life commitments.
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