Irwin Mitchell Tells Staff to Choose How They Work

The UK-based firm has given staff the final say on whether they would like to work from the office, from home, or both.

Irwin Mitchell has become the latest firm to allow its staff to choose their own model of work post-pandemic.

The firm’s 3,000 staff have been told that, subject to their role and client work being completed effectively, they will be able to choose when and from where they work, whether that be from home, in the office or using a hybrid model. The firm will also pay staff a 3% bonus and repay funds it received through the government furlough scheme after a strong performance throughout 2020.

The announcement followed research among Irwin Mitchell’s clients and staff regarding the best approach to working in the future. The majority of respondents suggested that they would prefer a hybrid system that would support both working from home and other locations.

Irwin Mitchell has said that a more flexible model will fit with efforts to encourage travel only where necessary and reduce its reliance on paper.

“We’ve seen throughout the pandemic how much colleagues have embraced working from home and have appreciated being able to work flexibly around their lives,” said Susana Berlevy, chief people officer at Irwin Mitchell. “From listening to our colleagues we anticipate most people to take up hybrid working patterns with time split between offices and home.”

“It’s crucial that we trust our colleagues to make the best choice for themselves, the other colleagues in their teams and their clients in how they decide to work in future.”

Irwin Mitchell has 15 offices across the UK, which are due to be open at 50% capacity when lockdown measures are slated to end on 21 June.

The Sheffield-based firm has also reportedly been considering a stock market flotation on the London Stock Exchange.

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