Flexible working is an intrinsic part of how we work here at Essex.
In both our university strategy and people supporting sub strategy , we outline our commitment to building a more agile and flexible working culture that is responsive to emerging issues and supportive of our staff whilst continuing to support our mission of excellence in education and research.
As we return to campus, many people are looking to keep some of the benefits of working from home, where this is compatible with operational needs. Essex has policies and guidance in place to help managers agree and support effective flexible working arrangements in their teams, including agreeing short-term arrangements on a time-limited or temporary basis.
These policies and guidance can be used to agree temporary flexible working arrangements for people returning to campus. This can support people to continue to work at home for some of their time while longer-term new ways of working are being developed as part of the Smart Working at Essex project. Temporary arrangements also allow individuals to try new working patterns at a time of considerable uncertainty.
There is no service length requirement in order to make requests (with the exception of career breaks), and there are no restrictions on the number of requests made in a 12 month period where there are no changes to hours.