SMART Working workstream seeks to promote flexible working practices across the savings and investments industry with the main objectives focused specifically on talent pipelining, supporting industry returners and retention.
Our mission is to attract and retain the best and most diverse talent in the industry, through supporting and enabling all individuals to remain within the industry throughout all life events.
Who we are
We are a group of industry professionals passionate about applying innovative working practices.
We encourage companies to optimise their working practices and conditions to enable employees to generate strong ideas and unique investment insights, helping to build the best savings and investment products.
What is smart working?
SMART working allows employees to do their best work, where and when it works for both them and the organization. The terms flexible/ dynamic/ agile and SMART working are used interchangeably. The government’s definition of flexible working is:
“A way of working that suits an employee’s needs”
There are many forms of SMART working. It can describe a place of work, for example working from home, or a type of contract, such as part - time working, flextime, job sharing and shift work.
Why smart working?
The case for SMART working has been made. Empowering individuals to work more effectively and efficiently improves individual and team performance, provides individuals with a better work life balance, and improves employee engagement.
Millennials see SMART working as an essential part of attracting and retaining their talent within an organisation.
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The Diversity Project and Timewise Programme
The Diversity Project and Timewise launched a collaborative effort to modernise working practices in the investment and savings industry. The programme analyses the current state of flexible working within the industry with the aim of designing an action plan for a positive change.
The programme is supported by leading firms AXA Investment Managers, Aon, Fidelity International, and St James’s Place Wealth Management.
A call for action
Informed by the findings from our research, the SMART Working Manifesto for change presents a challenge to the investment and savings industry to ensure flexible working is encouraged and developed more strategically within organisations.
We call out to firms to commit to five actions for a more sustainable approach to flexible working.