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Morton Fraser makes agile working official policy
Solicitor firm Morton Fraser has introduced a formal "agile working" policy, as part of a wider focus on employee wellbeing and organisational flexibility.
The policy encourages staff to make smart choices about remote working and to prioritise health and wellbeing whenever possible. A recent staff survey revealed that around two in three staff already regularly work remotely, and 91% expect the major benefit of agile working to be added flexibility in their working life.
Morton Fraser introduced the initiative to staff after conducting quantitative and qualitative research, both internally and externally. This highlighted that many of its teams already shared "agile" practices, as wellas the benefits of, and demand for, formalising a flexible culture into the business.
Maggie Moodie, the firm's chair, commented: "The law firm of today must be flexible, perhaps even beyond traditional norms in the sector. For some time we have been breaking down barriers, whether perceived or otherwise, to give our staff greater choice about when and where they work.
"The driving force behind this is our client base – our clients expect the best possible advice but also a strong and confident relationship. There is lots of evidence to show that agile working improves staff productivity and leads to higher morale. Ultimately, we are putting the choice down to each individual to consider how best to get the job done for their clients. Agile working is a contract of trust between employer and employee."
She added: "The new agile working policy is formalising much of what has already been in place for some time here. However, few law firms take that next step to embed change to culture in this way. It says to all staff that their voice is being heard and it signals to new talent that we take their wellbeing, work-life balance and personal decision-making extremely seriously."
Morton Fraser's charity partner for 2018 is Scottish Association for Mental Health, Scotland's largest mental health charity.