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Helping employees to achieve a better work-life balance

Devon County Council offers several flexible working policies aimed at helping employees to achieve a better work-life balance through enabling greater flexibility as to when, how and where they work. We are committed to ensure that everyone is offered equal opportunities to work in a way that delivers the best outcomes for everyone.

Devon County Council is flexible by default. There are multiple flexible working options and styles that each employee may consider depending on their individual circumstances. These policies apply to all employees and candidates of vacancies, no duration of service is required to request flexible working arrangements.

Flexible working hours

Flexible Working Policy – It is in the Devon County Council policy to offer flexible working arrangements to staff (where service needs are met). This means staff can choose which hours they work and fit their life around their work. They can also accrue flex hours which can be taken later.

Working styles 

All Devon County Council staff are supplied with their own laptop. This allows them to work remotely from other locations. This might be in an agile working style, or a mixture of working in the community, either on site or attending visits to customers in different locations, and some desk-based work.

Compressed hours 

Another flexible working option that Devon County Council offers is compressed hours. This option allows staff to work their normal contractual hours over fewer working days. For example, an individual may work a longer working day than the standard 7. 4 hour day and work 37 hours over 4 days every week. 

Annualised hours 

Subject to business need, some staff choose to work an annualised hours pattern. This allows them to work more hours during term time and less hours during school holidays. This working pattern is especially popular for parents and allows them to fit their personal life around their work. 

Discover why people love working for Devon and how they have benefited from flexible working opportunities in these case studies.

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