Asda has announced it will introduce a permanent hybrid working model for head office workers once social distancing restrictions are lifted.
The Big 4 grocer said it aims to encourage its employees who work from home where they can in line with government guidance.
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Asda’s head office remained open with a reduced capacity and has invested in its site to ensure it is Covid-secure.
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Employees at Asda House in Leeds and Leicester-based George House can move to a permanent hybrid working model called ‘work where it works’.
Under the new working model, staff will be expected to work from their head office location when they have jobs that are better suited to an office environment, such as training sessions and team meetings.
They also have the flexibility to work from home when it is more productive to do so – such as tasks that involve planning or research.
Asda said there will be no set number of days its staff will ‘work where it works’, instead they will work within their teams and line managers to strike the right balance between remote and office working.
“We have learned a great deal about working patterns during the last 16 months and have seen colleagues work productively across different locations,” Asda people operations vice president, Jacki Simpson said.
“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.”