Work life balance
The University recognises that staff have responsibilities and interests that have to be balanced with working life. It is the University’s aim to create a well-managed, flexible working environment that supports staff and their families, promotes welfare, maintains working practices and provides a productive balance between work and life outside work. Operational needs must be taken into account, but managers are encouraged to be innovative in organising their team and respond positively to requests to alter working patterns to enable staff to fulfil more effectively their professional and personal commitments.
The University acknowledges that by adopting such an approach it can attract and retain high calibre staff. The University has developed a range of provisions and information regarding work life balance in addition to family friendly policies.
So what’s in it for the University?
Work-life balance 'business' benefits include:
- Increased productivity
- Improved recruitment and retention
- Lower rates of absenteeism
- Reduced overheads
- An improved customer experience
- A more motivated, satisfied and equitable workforce.
As well as the numerous catering outlets in which to take your lunch break there are a number of common rooms in the colleges that staff can use to rest and have their lunch break away from their desks. They are in Elliot, Rutherford, Keynes and Darwin. Ask at college reception desks for directions.