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Beginning our transitioning to our Future Workplace Model – Employee Guidance

Plans are firmly underway to move to our Future Workplace Model on the 4th April 2022. Your line manager should already have met with you to talk about what this means, and particularly for those of you transitioning to working in a hybrid way.

Hybrid workers replace staff categorised as Homeworkers or Agile Workers – Homebased.  All staff who are categorised as Hybrid workers should be informed by their manager that under the hybrid scheme. If this applies to you, you will be required to attend an NLC location for 6 days in every 20 working days (pro-rata for part time workers) and work the remaining 14 days from home, other Council location or Hub.  Managers will provide as much detail as possible to their teams about how this will operate in your team, talk to you about what your service base will look like, your transition plans and allow you the opportunity to ask any questions.

The principles associated with Hybrid Working will be detailed within the Council’s Hybrid Working Scheme which will be in place for a period of one year from 4 April 2022.  We are currently in the consultation process with the trade unions regarding the contents of the scheme but in the meantime to try and address any questions you may have around hybrid working, we have developed a set of Frequently Asked Questions which can be accessed at the bottom of this page.  We will continue to review and add to the FAQ’s over the coming weeks.

On completion of the consultation process with the trade unions, we will publish the Hybrid Working Scheme and further detailed information for managers and staff on its implementation.

As we begin to transition to this new way of working, there is an opportunity for you to attend your new service base as part of an induction back into an office environment and to this new way of working and to ensure they have what they need in the office to undertake your role. Services may ask you to attend your new base before the 4th April to help you with this transition to hybrid working and we would ask you to work with services on this.

Any services returning staff prior to 4th April will be required to put in place appropriate fire and first aid cover and advise the building manager the mitigating measures they have implemented. All hybrid workers are required to undertake online first aid and fire safety training prior to the 4th April and so this should be implemented as soon as possible.

For more information, please visit our Hybrid Working FAQ page.

Updated on 24th February 2022

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