Hybrid model | Asda to allow head office staff to choose where they work

Asda to allow head office staff to choose where they work

The supermarket brand Asda will allow its 4,000 head office workers to choose where they work following the lifting of coronavirus lockdown measures.

The Guardian reports that the supermarket’s Leeds and Leicester-based staff will permanently move to the new hybrid model, which has been dubbed “work where it works”.

Within this, there are options to remain at home, return to the office or choose for an alternative location such as one of the firm’s depots or stores for office-based staff.

How the policy works

The Guardian reports that workers will be expected to visit one of the firm’s head offices for events such as training, meeting other colleagues or team meetings.

Despite this, there will be flexibility to continue working remotely if staff feel it is more productive to do so.

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Asda said that staff would work with teams and line managers to agree on locations and timetables whilst also ensuring that business needs continue to be met.

This hybrid model of work will be rolled out after the UK Government has lifted social distancing measures.

‘The right approach for our people’

Jacki Simpson, Asda’s Vice President of People Operations, explained that staff had asked for greater flexibility so that they could continue with remote working post-pandemic.

She explained: “However, they also acknowledge there is some work that is simply better done from the office, so as we move forward, a hybrid working model is the right approach for our people and the business.”

“We believe this approach will help us attract and retain the best talent and will continue to position Asda as an employer of choice,” Simpson added.

Flexibility at work

Asda’s signal towards a hybrid work model follows in the footsteps of other firms such as Deloitte, which has recently told staff that they can choose where they need to be to carry out professional duties.

HR Grapevine recently reported on the news that the accountancy firm will allow its 20,000 staff members in the UK to choose to work from home forever if they wish.

An Independent report explained that the Chief Executive Richard Houston said its 20,000-strong workforce will be able to choose when, where and how they work going forwards.

He reportedly said in a statement: “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.”

Other firms, including Twitter and Facebook have also given staff the flexibility to work where best suits them.

For example, in May last year, social media behemoth Twitter told staff that they could work from home forever if they wanted to.

The BBC previously reported that the decision came as Twitter revealed that its working-from-home measures had been a success.

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