Saffron Building Society is adopting a new flexible working approach after consulting with staff on how to move forward in the post-pandemic world.
The mutual organisation, which has a branch in Market Square, Bishop’s Stortford, is offering relevant team members the opportunity to work from home or one of two cluster offices within guideline requirements of the business.
Outside of required core hours, the remainder of employees’ contracted hours can be used outside of the typical 9-to-5 structure, allowing flexibility for working parents and those with other personal needs.
“We are acutely aware that following the last year, people’s expectations of their working lives have shifted,” said society chief executive Colin Field.
“Many have found that flexible working will allow them a better work-life balance and provide them with more time with loved ones and looking after their own physical health.”
The new procedures allow staff to choose working patterns to suit them and fit within the procedural requirements of the financial institution.
Creating two offices from which to work has allowed the society to invest in new office décor and safety features to allow all staff to work in an environment that is not only safe but comfortable, modern and collaborative.
The new office layout and technology also encourages colleagues to work in a way that is unique to them but allows for greater inclusivity for all workers, whether in the office or working virtually.
“People are what make Saffron Building Society what it is,” said Field.
“Marrying that with the needs of the business was always going to be a challenge for us, and any business, but I think we have found a solution that protects the mental health of workers and the needs of the society and the response has been extremely positive.”