When asked what the Institute does well for staff, many people say ‘the ability to work flexibly’. Flexible working is common at all grades and often arranged informally with the line manager, though we do have a formal policy as well. The working culture at the Institute is based on getting the job done and hours spent in the lab or office are not formally counted.
There are many reasons for flexible working: collecting children from school, caring for a relative, additional learning, religious observation or a long commute. Some staff work from home when reading or writing manuscripts. Each case is individual, and is based on the staff members’ work and other commitments.