Flexible Working

While our typical working hours are 37 hours per week, Monday-Friday, we have a number of employees who enjoy the benefits of flexible working options.  By giving our employees the option to work flexibly, i.e working from home or working part time hours, we want them to be able to find a balance to suit their lifestyle and be motivated at work.

Most roles at LLDC are open to flexible working, depending on the needs of the recruiting team and line manager. Take a look at some of our case studies and see how flexible working has helped our staff:

  • “I’m in the office two days per week, with a half day worked from home.  My working days are usually the same, but sometimes flex to accommodate particular obligations within and beyond my role at LLDC.

    “Part-time appealed to me because the rest of time I’m self-employed, and it’s rare to see such an interesting role advertised on a part-time basis.  

    “I live two hours’ travel (each way, on a good day) away.  I’ve got a young family, and doing that commute every day doesn’t help with the Work/ Life balance.  If it wasn’t for the ability to work flexibly (which we discussed at interview) I wouldn’t have been able to accept the job.    

    “I’m lucky to work as part of a small team (and a wider department) that combines independent working within collaborative workstreams.  I’ve been really well supported by my Line Manager and it works very well.”

  • Head of Strategy - Joined LLDC in 2016.

    “I have worked part time since my first daughter was born in 2009 – it enables me to balance being a parent and spending time with my children, with continuing to work and use my brain. I find working as part of a job share arrangement much more rewarding than doing a stand-alone part time role: collectively there is much more scope to do a ‘proper’ job and to be given more interesting and challenging responsibilities, and more confidence in your ability to deliver because work is constantly being progressed rather than being paused on non-working days.

    “LLDC advertised my role as part of a jobshare, and have been fully supportive in making the arrangement work for both me, my jobshare partner, and the wider organisation. For LLDC, I think there is a growing recognition that a jobshare arrangement (if it works well) has the potential to be more than the sum of its parts – two brains are definitely better than one!”

  • Director of Development - Joined LLDC in 2012. 

    “Balancing family life and work is difficult; no single solution suits all, and in fact what works when your child is a baby is likely to be different when they are at pre-school, primary school and senior school. 

    “I have worked flexibly for 14 years, ever since having my first child. I have been with the LLDC since it was established in 2012. During these five years I have worked three days a week; three and a half days, with the half day at home to enable me to do school drop off and pick up; compressed hours (five days over four); and currently, four days, mainly in the office. I work 8:00-4:00 one of those days, enabling me to be home in time for the family to eat together, and to nag my teenager to do some homework!

    “I've varied the working hours to fit both my changing personal circumstances, and also the business needs, increasing to compressed hours for six months when the team was over-stretched. Two years ago I was promoted from Head of Development to Director of Development, still managing to maintain my part-time status. 

    “My youngest son is diabetic, and has a number of regular hospital check ups. On those days I tend to work from home. Without the commute, starting earlier and finishing later enables my to fit the hospital appointment in during the day, without always having to dip into my annual leave allowance.” 

  • Director of IT and Information Services - Joined LLDC in 2012.

    “I had two main reasons for changing my working pattern. Firstly, I wanted to be able to be at home for when my daughter returned from school so I could take her to Friday evening ballet lessons. 

    “Secondly, I wanted to have a decent period of ‘quiet’ time where I wouldn’t have my day broken up by meetings and interruptions. Working from home means that I can focus on topics such as strategic reports, projects direction and governance, and respond with considered answers to all those emails that build up during the week. I’m obviously available by email and phone all day!”

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