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Corporate profile

  • Total Permanent staff: circa 100,000

Work-life policies include

  • flexible working
  • various leave schemes
  • employee helpline.

Business benefits

Reduced staff turnover, increased retention of key skills and experience; raised employee commitment and motivation; supports the development of a diverse workforce.

Jon Beckwith, Joint Manager, NatWest Romford Town Centre Branch

Jon joined NatWest in 1983. Currently, he is jointly responsible with a job share partner for managing a branch.

"In June of 1998, I met an old colleague of mine, Amanda Fagan who wanted to return to work as a job share, following her maternity leave," says Jon. "At the time I was also thinking about my life balance and the idea of job sharing became very attractive."

Amanda and Jon work alternate weeks and their partnership is successful. However, they have to take account of many factors including the business, the team and their compatibility as a job share partnership in a demanding business environment. The working pattern is proven and works well - the team work, compatibility and consistency in both partners has often created more innovative ideas, benefiting from different views and perspectives."

"This opportunity has provided a richer quality of life," says Jon. "I have completed a Management Certificate at Hertfordshire University, pursued my own business interests and completed some benchmarking activity with other organisations. I have also had more opportunity to support the local community and been able to take up fresh-water fishing again."

"I have been able to continue with my career at management level and, at the same time, achieve a balance in life for which I am fortunate."

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