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BMJ has always offered flexible working options to help our staff balance out their work and personal life. As an organisation, we are aware of the ongoing challenges of the pandemic and always put the health and wellbeing of our staff first. 

This means we take a sympathetic approach to flexible working: allowing our staff to work with their managers to reduce their workloads, extend project deadlines, and take extended annual leave.

They can also take time off to make use of the support systems, such as counselling, we offer across BMJ. We also provide a range of other options to allow staff to make the best use of their time and maintain a good sense of health and wellbeing.

Holiday carry-over extension: everyone is entitled to 25 days annual leave, and this number increases with long-term service. Staff can carry over up to five days’ unused leave into the new financial year. In May 2021, we formally extended the deadline for using holiday carry-over (maximum of five days) from May to the end of June.

Take 0.5 initiative: given the success of the 2021 pilot scheme, staff can take half a day each month between January and March to do something that benefits their health and wellbeing.  

Summer hours: during May and August, staff can work longer to accrue 3.5 hours per week and then finish 3.5 hours earlier on a Friday.  

Shielding: if staff support family members who are clinically vulnerable to covid-19 and feel it impacts their work, we will do our best to help them on a case-by-case basis. 

Time off in lieu: due to the nature of the work in some departments, staff might sometimes be required to work outside of their contracted hours. We offer any overtime back as time in lieu.

Overall, as an organisation, we try to provide as much flexibility as possible whilst recognising the importance of keeping BMJ working towards our vision of a healthier world. 

Under provisions set out in the Employment Rights Act 1996 and regulations made under it, all employees have a statutory right to ask their employer to change their contractual terms and conditions of employment to work. Any eligible employee can apply to work flexibly for any reason, whether for ill-health, disability, parental or carer duties, or personal preference.  

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Tashan Chong Kan
Talent Acquisition Specialist (Global)