Health and social care charity, Community Integrated Care, has embarked on an overhaul of its working practices by introducing a four-day working week.
The new strategy allows more than 300 staff condense their normal working hours into four days, rather than five – having either the Monday or Friday as a non-working day.
The aim is to help colleagues achieve a positive work-life balance, boost productivity and create a more attractive offering for new recruits.
The scheme has been introduced across the business’ ‘Support Function’ teams initially, including departments such as finance, HR and quality, but the aim is to roll it out further later in the year, so operational teams can also take part.
Teresa Exelby, chief people officer at Community Integrated Care said: “Our colleagues have shown us how well they have adapted to a remote and hybrid working approach over the past 18 months, so we’re thrilled that we’re able to build on these successes as we navigate our way through the post-pandemic workplace.”
The strategy comes in response to feedback from support function staff, 82% of whom felt positive about the move towards a four-day working week and 81% expressed a desire to reduce the numbers of days in the office post-pandemic.
Exelby explained: “Listening to our workforce is hugely important to us and it’s clear that employee expectation for a flexible approach has altered dramatically in recent months. This move has been built with our colleague’s voices at the heart of it, giving them the freedom to choose and build their own ways of working.”
She continued: “Our hope is that by ensuring that our colleagues can achieve a positive and healthy work-life balance, this will in turn boost the wellbeing and productivity of our workforce. Ultimately, our main goal is that this all leads to us to continue delivering the best lives possible for the people we support.”
Caption: Community Integrated Care has pledged its commitment to The Power of Three – its ambition to transform the lives of the people it supports, its colleagues and the communities it works in.