A housing association that employs 700 people has announced plans to permanently move to a “hybrid working model” and offer loans of up to £10,000 for employees to upgrade their home offices.

Stonewater said that the organisation, which first transitioned to homeworking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will remain predominantly home-based as the country eases out of lockdown, with hubs being set up in Coventry, Reading and Bournemouth.

The organisation is also introducing an interest-free loan of up to £10,000 to support colleagues in creating defined workspaces within their homes.

Loan repayments will be deducted through a colleague’s monthly salary over three to five years.

Stonewater said it was in a good position to transition to homeworking at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic due to investments it had made in digital transformation prior to 2020.

It has also introduced new digital processes over the past year that include a new virtual sign-up process.

NEWS by  inside Housing

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