// Asda to introduce permanent hybrid working model for head office staff
// It aims to encourage colleagues to work from home where they can
// Asda has invested in its head offices to ensure they are Covid-secure
Asda has confirmed it will introduce a permanent hybrid working model for head office workers once social distancing restrictions are lifted.
The grocery chain said it aims to encourage colleagues to work from home where they can, in line with government guidance.
Asda has invested in its head offices to ensure they are Covid-secure and these have remained open with reduced capacity throughout the pandemic.
Staff at Asda House in Leeds and George House in Leicester, can move to a permanent hybrid working model called ‘Work where it works’.
Under the new ways of working, colleagues will be expected to work from their head office location when they have jobs that are better suited to an office environment such as team meetings, training and meeting with other colleagues.
They also have the flexibility to work from home when it is more productive to do so – such as tasks that involve planning or research.
There will be no set targets on the number of days colleagues will work from a specific location.
Instead, colleagues will work with their teams and line managers to strike the right balance between home and office working.
“We have learned a great deal about working patterns during the last 16 months and have seen colleagues work productively across different locations,” Asda people operations vice president, Jacki Simpson said.
“Having consulted extensively with them about future ways of working, we know they welcome the increased flexibility of remote working.
“However, they also acknowledge there is some work that is simply better done from the office, so as we move forward a hybrid working model is the right approach for our people and the business.
“We believe this approach will help us attract and retain the best talent and will continue to position Asda as an employer of choice.”