Framework Overview

What are the basic principles of Beyond Flexibility?

Beyond Flexibility is based on the principles of agile working. This is an approach to working which focuses less on rigid constraints that hamper collaboration, and encourages more flexibility and freedom on location for the team, concentrating instead on outputs, business needs and comfort.

What does Beyond Flexibility look like on a day-to-day basis?

Beyond Flexibility allows people to be in greater control of their working environment and work from home when they choose. However, Beyond Flexibility does not mean “free-for-all” - there are rules attached to ensure that we can maintain business as usual with no disruption to essential processes. Employees need to be transparent with their teams and leads about how they want to work, and all solutions must foster great client service. We’re open to having discussions at interview stage about this, and sometimes a more formal arrangement or contractual change is required if it’s for a significant shift in working hours or location. In order to facilitate this, we have a flexible working application process which is managed by our HR team.

Where possible we prefer a more informal approach, so we devised the principles below to help our teams plan their working schedule.

  1. Look ahead Plan where you can: If employees have regular WFH days, or know they have one coming up, we encourage them to give us 48 hours notice by letting their line manager, project lead and resource manager know.

  2. Prioritise clients over location Sometimes clients need face-to-face contact. We encourage employees to be mindful of their schedule. If they’re working remotely, we ask them to make sure they’ve prioritised any client meetings or sessions that are better face-to-face so they aren’t disrupted.

  3. Always be compliant with security requirements At Beyond we’re very proud of our security accreditations, as they mean we can work with some of the world’s top organisations. We encourage employees to remember that they are responsible for ensuring that the company’s information is kept secure. This means they should always check their internet connections when working remotely, use privacy screens in public spaces and check any IP restrictions they may have on their work.

  4. Be available When working from home, employees must be contactable and responsive on telephone, email and instant messaging (Google Hangouts & Slack for example) on the same basis as if they were in the office. If they know they’re going offline for a few hours, we ask them to let their teams know.