Dynamic Working

Dynamic Working is an approach that centres on the operational effectiveness and culture of the University, whilst allowing colleagues more flexibility in the way that they work, and particularly in their location, where roles allow.

Over the last 18 months, the University has operated elements of Dynamic Working out of necessity. We now have an opportunity to design Dynamic Working practices that help to put Loughborough on the front foot in achieving a number of its strategic objectives.

If implemented appropriately, the effective use of Dynamic Working arrangements that centre on the operational effectiveness and culture of the organisation whilst allowing colleagues more flexibility in the way that they work (where roles permit), will also help to drive our aspirations in the following areas:

  • A reduction in our carbon footprint
  • A focus on sustainability and our role within it
  • A reduction in our cost base
  • Enhanced efficiency and effectiveness in our operations
  • Increased staff engagement

When discussing Dynamic Working arrangements, our managers and staff are therefore asked to consider balancing our ability to maintain a vibrant campus experience with taking opportunities to work more dynamically so that over time we can use our campus spaces differently to achieve the aspirations set out above. This may include configuring our office spaces differently, making use of hot desking approaches and working across team spaces.

Dynamic Working at Loughborough will describe the way that colleagues work both on and off campus and will over time become embedded in our culture. To do this both managers and staff will need to maintain flexibility with any arrangements that are put in place in order that they can be flexed to meet the changing needs of the University. As a result, all Dynamic Working arrangements will be non-contractual. Whilst we will aim to meet the needs of individuals, managers are tasked with making decisions about Dynamic Working arrangements within the wider strategic context and may not always be able to meet individual requests.

Initially we will focus on identifying those roles that are suitable for Dynamic Working and whilst we anticipate that those staff will spend the majority of their time working on campus, inevitably working more dynamically will create the opportunity to look at our spaces differently. This will help us to drive more sustainable and efficient practices, to reduce our carbon footprint and to help to reduce our cost base.  

The following FAQs are designed to help to communicate the University’s position on Dynamic Working and staff are asked to consider these in the context of their own roles and preferences but ultimately to recognise that the needs of the University must determine how managers proceed if we are to make Dynamic Working a success at Loughborough.

Frequently asked questions for staff