TUI to offer permanent flexible working

by Jessica Pook

TUI is giving its employees total flexibility as it shifts toa permanentflexible working approach.

The decision follows 16 months of home working due to the pandemic. 

Whilst TUI’s offices will remain open, individuals will be able to decide what working environment works for them. 

TUI employees will only be required to attend the office once a month to attend face-to-face team meetings or collaboration events, enabling individuals to make their own choice about how often they would like to work in an office environment.

It is hoped that this shift to permanent flexible working will not only offer greater flexibility and choice but also attract future employees from a wider employment market in the future. 

Research conducted by the travel company suggests that many colleagues have adjusted their working practices and have discovered benefits, including a better work life balance, which they would like to continue once the pandemic is over. 

TUI has created a new Workspace Director role to oversee the transition. This role will be responsible for TUI’s workspace portfolio across the UK and Ireland and will implement a workspace strategy. 

Belinda Vazquez, Workspace Director of TUI UK & Ireland, said: “At TUI we embrace the concept that work is something we do, not somewhere we go. We have listened to our employees in order to define a clear framework that ensures ultimate flexibility, whilst creating positive experiences that enable all colleagues to feel like they belong and are valued”.  

Andrew Flintham, Managing Director of TUI UK & Ireland, said: "The pandemic has allowed us as an organisation to take a step back and make necessary changes to the way we work, communicate and collaborate. We believe that this move to a permanent flexible way of working will enhance our culture and organisational productivity, as well as allowing our people to have a great work life balance.’ 

The new choice-based flexible ways of working will come into effect when the UK Government removes office restrictions and facilities will be re-introduced in line with local office plans.

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