A NEW Bank of Ireland remote working hub in Gorey is aimed at providing an alternative to central office locations, enhancing choice and improving work-life balance.
The hub is one of 11 remote working hubs around the country that were recently launched by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Depending on their role, most Bank of Ireland colleagues can now work from a combination of home and central office locations, as well as the network of remote hubs.
The new policy is proving popular, with a recent survey showing that 65 per cent of colleagues feel the enhanced flexibility is providing more time to spend with family. Apparently, 54 per cent of Bank of Ireland colleagues have saved money due to the bank’s hybrid working model, while 26 per cent feel they have more flexibility as to where they can live.
“The pandemic changed how we work and live, with hundreds of thousands of Irish people doing their regular jobs from home. There are huge benefits to remote and hybrid working, with less commuting, lower costs, stronger families and communities, and more time for family and leisure,” said the Tánaiste.
“We want this flexibility to continue, and the Government is legislating to give employees the right to request flexible and remote working.
“Many employers went to great lengths during the pandemic to give their employees as much flexibility around where they work as possible. Done well, remote and hybrid working is a win-win for companies and their employees and I’m delighted to see Bank of Ireland at the forefront of rethinking the traditional office model in this way.”
Three new hubs are being developed in Cork, Galway and Limerick. These will complement the existing hubs in Gorey, Balbriggan, Ballycoolin, Dundalk, Mullingar, Naas, Newbridge, Newlands Cross, Northern Cross, Santry and Swords.