A few years now, The Reference gives their employees the opportunity to work from home and the number of people seizing this opportunity increases every year. "Just like our flexible working hours, it has become the standard," says Talent Manager Mieke Diependaele. “Working from home fits in perfectly with our vision of ‘workable’ work. It reinforces the autonomy and freedom that we give our employees, and it contributes to a better work-life balance and reduces stress caused by traffic jams and traffic congestion in general.”
For The Reference, trust is the base to set up policies around homeworking. All employees are experts in their field and are mostly self-managing their work. The agency, with offices in Ghent and Antwerp, encourages them to work at home one day a week. “Many employees live less than ten kilometers from work, but three-quarters have to travel a greater distance to get to work. Working from home is a rewarding option. Although we observe that people who live close to work, also use it so they are able to work on an assignment in all tranquility”, explains Mieke Diependaele.
Homeworking & collaboration
Around 80% of The Reference employees occasionally works at home, but most of them don’t do this on a weekly basis. Mieke Diependaele: “We notice that our people also like to come to the office to consult with colleagues face-to-face. However, we provide all tools to enable smooth remote collaboration through conference and video calls and chat solutions. With working remotely, it is also perfectly possible to deliver good teamwork. With our participation in the National Teleworking Day, we want to emphasize that The Reference encourages working from home. It is not a favor but something that we support. We are hoping for a maximum amount of home workers."