Ruth Hutchinson, a site administrator for several BAM schemes in Wales, became one of the first people in the company to notice the difference.
Said Ruth: “I am a carer for both of my parents who have mental health and physical health needs. My father has severe Alzheimer’s and is also paralyzed down the right side after a back operation and my mother had a stroke and has since developed dementia. I have to give them a lot of home help. I was going home exhausted every night.
“When this new policy took effect, after discussions with my team and line managers, I am now able to work three days a week from home where I have become far more productive in my role.
“What changed for me was the willingness of my team and managers to re-examine my role, to look again at the support I can provide for the business, and the extent to which my time is genuinely required on site.
“I could demonstrate I was more productive because of the greater flexibility. Not only has it improved my work, it has also given my parents much needed extra support and it meant my own mental health and stress levels have improved dramatically.”