We want all our team to be able to work in a way that feels right for them – whether that’s picking the kids up from school, taking a lunchtime Jiu-Jitsu class or just starting or finishing earlier or later than ‘normal’ business hours.
But flexible working only works if we’re all on the same page. Which means being totally clear on when we’ll be working – and when we won’t be. Being willing to compromise, if needed. And, above all, making sure we’re doing what we need to do without adding to anyone else’s workload.
The next few pages will outline what we mean when we say flexible working. Then it’s up to each of us to talk with our managers about our specific role, figuring out the best balance for us and the team. Like a bunch of beautifully bendy bananas, let’s make flexible working work. Together.
Working from anywhere
Outside of your office time, we trust you to work in any location that has the technology, WiFi and home comforts you need – even if it’s not at home.
If most of your main tasks can be done fully remotely, you can work from anywhere in the world for up to three months of each (tax) year. Make sure you talk to your manager before booking anything though, so you can figure out how working while travelling could affect your team.
Time in the office
Most of our Vauxhall-based teams work on a hybrid basis, spending an average of 1-3 days a week in an Oddbox office or distribution centre.
If it’s important for your role that you regularly spend more than 1 day each week working in person, your manager will be transparent well in advance. So there shouldn’t be any surprises.
There might also be times when you need to work at a set location at set times – if we’re not able to give you a flexible option, we’ll make sure you have as much notice as possible. And you’ll always be able to share anything specific you need to make the day work for you.
Sometimes when you’re onsite your working day will look different than at home. And that’s completely fine.
Our working hours
If your contract is full time, it will be for (on-average) an eight-hour day across a 40-hour week. Our standard working hours are 9am-6pm Monday to Friday, with an hour for lunch each day.
But while there will be certain points of the week when it’s important for you to stick to ‘regular’ hours (team meetings or important deadlines, for example), you’re free to talk with your manager about how you can flex these hours to create a balance that feels right for you.
Learning & Development
Want to brush up on your skills? Learn new ones? Or just go along to an industry event? We want everyone in the Oddbox team to make time for developing skills outside group training, so keep an eye out for anything interesting that you’d like to have a go at.
On average, each team member should spend two days a quarter (or the equivalent time in shorter chunks) learning professional skills – this includes formal studying, coaching and attending webinars. Your self-service L&D budget is £300 each year. We also have a centralised budget for team L&D, or extensive industry-specific training
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