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Insights Redefining Work-Life Balance with Flexible Working at AtkinsRéalis

Striking a balance between work and life is a universal aspiration. The notion of flexible working - embracing varied start times, remote work options, or part-time schedules - has become increasingly relevant in today's fast-paced world. With 8.7 million full-time workers reporting that they want to work flexibly.

While it's commonly associated with caregiving responsibilities, the desire for flexibility transcends gender and family roles. 

However, misconceptions persist, where the belief that stepping away from the desk equates to a lack of dedication or ambition. It's time to challenge these stereotypes and celebrate the value of flexible working arrangements.

What is flexible working: definition

Flexible working refers to alternative work arrangements that provide employees with greater control over when, where, and how they work. 

The primary goal of flexible working is to accommodate diverse needs and preferences, allowing individuals to better balance their work responsibilities with personal commitments and interests. 

By offering flexibility in work arrangements, organizations can enhance employee well-being, productivity, and satisfaction, ultimately contributing to a more inclusive and agile workplace culture.

Meet Edward, an advocate for flexible working at AtkinsRéalis

Meet Edward Hammock, Strategic Rail Market Key Account Manager at AtkinsRéalis. 

Edward is at the forefront of reshaping perceptions around flexible working. Not only does he advocate for flexible hours within his team, but he also defies the misconception that it's solely advantageous for working mothers. 

We recently interviewed him on his experiences with flexible working at AtkinsRéalis: 

What is your flexible work arrangement at AtkinsRéalis?

“It’s great being at AtkinsRéalis because I’m able to work from home every Friday. I’m also able to work in the office for reduced hours on the remaining days and even work on the train as part of my working hours.”

Why are flexible work hours important to you?

“I find I can work the hours necessary to get the job done, but also have quality time with my family which is really important to me as a dad.”

How did you decide on the best flexible work arrangement for you?

“I joined AtkinsRéalis at my local office which meant I had time for breakfast with my family and put my children to bed. Moving to an office in London meant my commute increased to 2 ½ hours each way, so flexible working meant I could regain that precious time with the family.”

Do you feel being a flexible worker hinders your chance of promotion?

“I feel I have exactly the same opportunities as anyone else. I’ve worked in previous offices where it pays to be part of those after-hours discussions, but AtkinsRéalis isn’t like that, thankfully.”

What challenges do you face with flexible working and how do you overcome them?

“Cloud services can be difficult. I have to plan my time very carefully to ensure that I can operate within the technical limitations. I’ve also increased my mobile package to a data limit which allows me to tether my laptop and I make use of free Wi-Fi on the train. It’s a different way of working but you soon get used to it.”

How do you ensure your personal responsibilities don’t restrict you at work?

“My former Military career means I’m naturally self-motivated and disciplined when working remotely. I have a study at home which is for working in – I rarely use my laptop anywhere else. It’s a case of being focused and not letting work and home life overlap too much.”

How do you communicate with your team?

“My team find that using Skype IM and voice calling is the best method of staying in touch with each other. I make use of video calls and I also use audio calls more than I ordinarily would – it’s so much more personal than an email.”

What impact has flexible working made on your life?

“A totally positive one! Without flexible working, I don’t think I’d be as productive in my role at AtkinsRéalis. I love my job and the arrangement that I have means I can enjoy a healthy work/life balance which is important for everyone these days.”

Flexible working at AtkinsRéalis

Edward's journey exemplifies the transformative power of flexible working.

By prioritizing time with his family without compromising his professional responsibilities, he's found a harmonious balance that enriches both aspects of his life. 

At AtkinsRéalis, we're committed to creating environments where individuals like Edward can thrive. 

Join us in our mission to redefine work-life balance and unlock your full potential. 

Explore career opportunities with AtkinsRéalis today and discover how you can contribute to a more flexible and fulfilling future.