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This gives me a day off during the week to spend some real quality time with my family and care for my wife.
How Dynamic Working helps balance a career with being a carer Mark Campbell is an Assistant Manager in the Woolwich branch. Through Dynamic Working,
Mark has been able to care for his wife, who has a disability, and solve a staffing problem at the same time.
A new location with a new working pattern
The opportunity for Dynamic Working came when the branch moved to a new location and the shift pattern changed, as the branch was open longer hours from 09:00 until 18:00. We needed someone to come in to help open up in the morning, and be there for the end of the day.
Before the move, I was leaving early in the morning and getting home late five days a week. But because my wife physically can’t do any of the chores, things like the cooking wouldn’t get done until I got home, so we were eating late and it was having a massive effect on my home life. To help me gain that work/life balance, and solve the staffing problem, my Line Manager suggested Dynamic Working to me. I now work compressed working hours of five days in four, working 08:00 to 18:00. This gives me a day off during the week to spend some real quality time with my family and care for my wife.
It benefits everyone
It’s about your needs, but also making sure it fits the needs of the business. I have a couple of other colleagues that work dynamically; they work the key hours that the business needs, and change the rest. It suits the business and suits the colleague. It’s definitely had a positive impact on my performance because I feel less stressed. Especially if I have my day off mid-week, it gives you that opportunity to refresh. My team are really happy about it too – they know I work long hours and am always there for them – they are very supportive.
My experience and advice
When I started, my major concern was how I was going to fit in all the one-to-ones and the other day-to-day bits, into my compressed hours. The main thing is making sure you plan – when you get into the rhythm of it, it’s just like a normal working week. Anybody thinking about Dynamic Working should definitely bring it up. It’s good that we look at both sides of the work/life balance – before I was always 80% work, 20% life. Now I’m 50/50.
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