Our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace doesn’t simply mean following a rigid set of guidelines. It means developing innovative initiatives that have the potential to transform workplace culture at Barclays, and everywhere.
At Barclays we have a clearly defined ambition to be an inclusive organisation where every individual has the opportunity to discover and reach their potential. We recognise that the world is changing.
To be truly inclusive we have to embrace change and understand the role we play in business, society and the community. To make this happen, we have embedded flexible working to support colleagues across generations, gender, sexual orientation and every aspect of diversity.
We’re committed to providing a supportive and inclusive culture and environment. This environment recognises and supports personal needs, alongside the professional needs of our business.
Allowing and encouraging colleagues to work flexibly means:
- Balancing and integrating work and other life commitments
- Enhancing wellbeing and effectiveness at work
- Our colleagues feel included, whatever their personal circumstances
We think our approach to flexible working also made the transition to remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic easier to embed across the organisation because it has accelerated the understanding and acceptance of working remotely and flexibly. We have been able to harness a broad range of resources, including our established approach to wellbeing, to support colleagues’ mental and physical health. 78% of colleagues say that they feel able to balance personal and work demands.
Solutions that benefit everyone
Across Barclays, colleagues are choosing to work flexibly or take advantage of some of the employee benefits we provide to achieve a better work/life balance – and it’s benefiting business, too. Here are just a few stories from real colleagues.
Amanda Potter: Teaching Greek mythology, completing my PhD and being a Research Fellow, all because of Dynamic Working. Having a flexible approach to the working day helps me to manage my work, research and Citizenship commitments.
Mark Young: Dynamic Working allowed me to provide the necessary practical and emotional support to my daughter through her GCSEs. I’m a proud father, who thankfully got a career break to support my daughter at a pivotal time as she was approaching her exams.
Yvonne Morris: Dynamic Working to de-stress and get organised with my step-dad’s care. Now I work four days a week, with Wednesdays off. I can take my time and organise things properly, instead of trying to squeeze it into my lunch hour.
Michael Stevens: Dynamic Working helped me lose eight stone, and helped my daughter pursue her football passion. A doctor told me that by losing the weight I had probably added 20 years back onto my life… Had it not been for Barclays allowing me to spend time with my daughter to play football I might not have changed my lifestyle.
Sharon Davies: Dynamic Working provided me the opportunity to take a career break. As a breast cancer survivor, taking a break allowed me to continue to heal.
Shazia Choudary: Dynamic Working allowed me to observe Ramadan and keep up with my family commitments. As a direct result of my flexible arrangements at work, I was able to enjoy an adequate amount of rest and still be productive at work.