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Asda confirms permanent move to hybrid working

Asda is to introduce a permanent hybrid working model for head office staff once Covid-19 social distancing restrictions are lifted. While the supermarket has invested in… View Article

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Asda confirms permanent move to hybrid working

Asda is to introduce a permanent hybrid working model for head office staff once Covid-19 social distancing restrictions are lifted.

While the supermarket has invested in its head office to make it Covid-secure for staff members who need to work from an office during the pandemic, it has also encouraged its people to work from home where possible in line with Government guidance.

Once all social distancing restrictions are lifted, staff at Asda House in Leeds and George House in Leicester will move to a permanent hybrid working model called ‘Work where it works’. Under the new way of working, they will be expected to work from their head office location for activities that are better suited to an office environment such as team meetings, training and meeting with other colleagues. However, they will also be offered the flexibility to work from home “when it is more productive to do so”.

Asda said there will be no set targets on the number of days staff will work from a specific location.

Jacki Simpson, Asda vice president of people operations, said: “We have learned a great deal about working patterns during the last 16 months and have seen colleagues work productively across different locations. Having consulted extensively with them about future ways of working, we know they welcome the increased flexibility of remote working. 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.”

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