Arup, a London-based construction and design firm, will adopt a hybrid work model, giving its 15,500 employees worldwide flexibility in deciding how and when they work, Scottish Construction Now wrote.
The new model, titled “Work Unbound,” will allow Arup’s 6,600 U.K.-based employees to work flexible hours Monday to Sunday, the construction news site reported. Employees have the option to continue working remotely up to three days a week and two days in the office, it added.
“Work Unbound empowers Arup members to make their own choices about how they can do their best work. They can adopt a working pattern that suits their lifestyles,” Jerome Frost, head of Arup’s U.K., India, Middle East and Africa region, was cited as saying in the report. “Importantly, it also means they can adapt to suit their clients’ preferred ways of working, whether that be in their offices, in Arup’s collaborative City Centre offices, on-site or at home.”
During the company’s pilot launch of the Work Unbound initiative, 82 percent of staff worked flexible hours, with over a third putting in hours during the weekend, the report said, while more than half of employees chose to work remotely, up from 33 percent before the pilot.
“I found that having the flexibility and freedom to work whichever hours suited the demands of a young family. It allowed me to make the most of my downtime, and ultimately have a healthier work-life balance,” Liverpool-based senior engineer David Almond was cited as saying.