The announcement follows the government’s latest update on plans to ease lockdown restrictions from July 19, which include ending the requirement that employees work from home where they can.
Andrew Murphy, executive director of operations for the John Lewis Partnership, told the PA news agency: “If the restrictions are lifted on July 19, we will not tell our partners at headquarters where to work. The pandemic has forced us all to rethink the norm. five days in an office.
“We will continue to support and help our partners determine how and where they work best for the type of work they do.
“I don’t believe anyone can make confident claims about how this will play out in the years to come. “
John Lewis, who owns a store in Norwich, joins a long list of other companies that have introduced flexible working for staff, including Asda, which announced last week that staff will be able to work from any location on the better suited to their job.
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Other companies that have already announced plans to offer hybrid work include banks Lloyds, Barclays and HSBC, as well as call center operator Capita and owner of British Gas Centrica.
The John Lewis Partnership said it has taken input from its staff – known as Partners because of the ownership structure – and adopted a fluid and flexible work policy.
The majority of partners say they are more productive at home but sometimes they want to get together when working on big projects.
According to the retailer, 72 meeting rooms at its two headquarters in London and Bracknell now have audio and video capabilities.
In a survey last summer, one in five partners said they could walk further away if they didn’t need to be so much in the office and the company said it was committed to ensure that all future vacancies are published with a flexible working option, unless there is an operational reason why this is not possible.