While our typical working week is 37 hours per week, Monday – Friday, nearly half of LLDC workforce are enjoying the benefits of being on a flexible working pattern. We are committed to giving our employees the tools to find their perfect work/life balance. Every employee has the day one right to request flexible working, whether formally or informally, and it doesn’t just mean part time hours! You could consider:

  • Working from home/ Remote working
  • Compressed hours
  • Job share
  • Term time working
  • Altering your start/end time

Flexible working is open to all, not just parents. We don’t need to know why you’re interested in changing your hours, it could be you need to fit in a class in the mornings or need your own quiet space to work through your papers, it doesn’t matter, we won’t ask! As long as your request fits the business requirements it will be considered.

Agile Working

LLDC promotes Agile working, it is a way of working with flexibility that empowers employees to choose to work from home or informally flex their hours, but maintain or improve work productivity, performance and output.

Agile working is available to all employees. The benefits are:

  • Improve wellbeing
  • Reduce absence
  • Increased productivity
  • Attract greater talent to the organisation
  • Increased staff satisfaction and engagement

LLDC are committed to being a Working Families employer

LLDC are happy to discuss flexible working during the recruitment process.

Ben Coulter, Sustainability Manager Joined LLDC in 2016. Works 2.5 days a week (0.5 FTE).

“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.”

Clare Beamish - Works a part-time job share of 2.5 days per week.

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!”

Janet Townsend - Works four days a week.

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.”

Jim Wood - Works one day a week from home.

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!”