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Three quarters of West Berkshire Council staff have voted to work two days in the office and the rest from home.

The announement comes as civil servants working for government departments have been told to return to the office to ensure government buildings are at full capacity.

Cabinet Office minister Jacob Rees-Mogg has written to cabinet colleagues urging them to send a "clear message" to the civil service about returning.

Three quarters of West Berkshire Council staff have voted to work two days in the office and the rest from home
Three quarters of West Berkshire Council staff have voted to work two days in the office and the rest from home

New, post pandemic working practices to extend flexible working arrangements will come into force in June in West Berkshire.

Staff have been given the opportunity to adopt one of three workstyles developed to maintain the improved work/life balance, found during the pandemic, without compromising service delivery.

The survey found eight per cent of the workforce based in the Market Street office chose to adopt an ‘office’ workstyle, where they would work in the office all of the time.

Three quarters of West Berkshire Council staff have voted to work two days in the office and the rest from home
Three quarters of West Berkshire Council staff have voted to work two days in the office and the rest from home

Seventy six per cent of staff selected a ‘hybrid’ workstyle – spending on average two fifths of their time in the office.

Sixteen per cent will have a ‘community’ workstyle, spending a significant proportion of their working time away from a workstation, mostly due to the nature of their role.

"The demand for staff to work more flexibly has influenced the decision to centralise the council’s office accommodation in Newbury, rationalising three buildings into one," said chief executive Nigel Lynn.

"The changed way of working will have the customer at the heart of our approach, with different ways of responding to supporting our residents and businesses.

"Making the Market Street offices our main site allows for us to have the majority of staff under one roof for the first time in the history of the council, which will deliver financial and environmental savings."



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