We know how important it is to support our people in their need for a flexible working arrangement. As an employer we want to give them a say over how, where or when they work. We talked to Danny Young, Senior Sales Team Manager for SThree brand Computer Futures in Bristol and father of two boys, about how he’s balancing his career and his life outside the office.
How does our flexible working arrangement support your work-life balance?
“It allows me to come in earlier and leave earlier, so I can arrange my work to accommodate childcare drop-off and pick-up times. It also means I can occasionally work from home, if needed.”
How important is it that employers offer their employees flexibility?
“It’s absolutely crucial in order to balance your career and your private life. Especially term-time flexibility will become very important to me soon, once my oldest son will start to go to school full-time in September.”
Do you feel flexible working works for a job in recruitment?
“In some areas, yes. That being said, I believe that you can find ways to make your work day more flexible regardless of the hours you work; it’s mainly about keeping up good time-management and self-management.”
“However, SThree helps me a lot and I think they are more advanced when it comes to flexibility than the other recruitment companies I know.”
What do you like most about the Bristol office and team?
“It’s a tight-knit and supportive environment. Whilst everyone is keen to do well for themselves, everyone is helping each other at the same time. That ethos is embedded from when you start as a trainee to manager level.”
Can you give us an example that demonstrates SThree's commitment to creating a more diverse and inclusive place to work?
“In Bristol we promote a “One Voice” Programme where all women in the office can meet to discuss any concerns they have but also share things they like.”
“We also tweaked our incentives as they used to be primarily focused on going out to restaurants and bars. However, the feedback from our teams in the office was that they wanted to have more activities. This resulted in incentives such as sports days.”
What would you say to someone who's considering joining your teams in Bristol?
“Bristol is a great place to live; there is always something to do and the teams in the office are really social. We have had examples of Team Football, Squash, Badminton, we went Go Karting, shopping and much more.”
“The level of support given internally to new starters is incredibly in-depth and we make every effort to ensure every new starter feels welcomed and supported.”
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