Flexibility means different things to different people. At National Grid we have been responding to employee requests for flexible working for a number of years as a way of retaining talent within our organisation. We continue to expand our support of flexible working, reviewing this as part of the hiring process too in order to access the very best talent. A number of our recent hires were brought in on a flexible basis and we encourage candidates to talk to us about the flexibility they might need at interview. Depending on the nature of the role, this could include part-time, flexitime or remote working. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.
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Asking could be the first step on the path to a flexible working future!
Case Study: Chris Stewart – National Grid, Brand and Attraction Resourcing business partner
I have been working as a professional in a corporate environment for 15 years now and during that time have had the pleasure of working for a few FTSE100 organisations. I’ve read various corporate mission statements about people being the primary focus of the business and how achieving a positive work / life balance is vital. National Grid is the first organisation where I have truly seen action and not just words.
Flexible working means different things to different people and as a single father with 2 young children it means a great deal to me. I work full time hours and have a 60 minute commute to get into our main offices in Warwick each day. I was worried that trying to juggle nursery drop offs, schools runs and a timely 20 mile trip into the office may prove to be difficult to achieve.
Everyone has different requirements when it comes to flexible working and for me it was the ability to start my working day a little later or working from home that really made the difference. Without that flexibility I would have had to look into reduced working hours or costly childcare fees which would have had a significant impact on my life.
The process was as simple as asking for a meeting with my manager where we discussed what my requirements were and why. From there we reviewed my duties, responsibilities and workloads and agreed between us a solution that was suitable for all parties.
National Grid will review all requests on a case-by-case basis. Don’t just assume that you won’t be able to get what you need, asking could be the first step on the path to a flexible working future!