Remote Working – Embracing Modern and Flexible Working Arrangements

Over recent years, the workplace has changed dramatically. Those changes continue as old, traditional structures of working become obsolete, replaced by models that are better suited to businesses, employees, and wider society. A major part of this change in working practices is the increasing appeal of remote working – both to employers and to employees.

At SL Controls, we are in the innovation business, delivering cutting-edge controls and integration solutions to keep our clients competitive and allow them to make the most of current and future opportunities. It makes sense, therefore, that we adopt the same innovative approach to how we run the company. A key part of that is embracing remote working.

What is Remote Working?

Remote working means the employee is performing specific work obligations required under their contract of employment from their home or other location away from their employers’ premises. In SL Controls, there different categories of remote working: Occasional, Regular, and Full Time. In any remote working situation, including in our model at SL Controls, employees continue to be an integral member of project delivery teams. Also, they will have a base office in one of our regional locations across Ireland – Sligo, Galway, Limerick, or Dublin.

Of course, regular or full-time remote working doesn’t suit all job roles, and we apply pre-set criteria when deciding whether a remote working situation is right for the company. An essential part of this decision-making process is reviewing the role requirements along with the employee’s competence and experience. We also have an assessment process to ensure the employee has a safe remote working environment.

It is important that the remote worker remains connected not just technically through phones and broadband, but also on a personal level. After all, we want to ensure any remote working situation meets SL Controls’ overall objectives while also making sure remote workers don’t feel left out or disconnected from the company culture.

With these checks and balances in place, however, remote working can be a real benefit both to the individual employee as well as to the company in general.

Why is Remote Working Important to SL Controls?

Firstly, the nature of our business means remote working is suitable for some roles.. After all, many members of our teams are engineers designing, writing, testing, and validating software programmes for companies in the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing sectors. Providing they have an adequate working space, a laptop, and secure, encrypted access to our system, some engineers can work remotely – at least for some of the time.

In addition, allowing remote working in the right circumstances allows us to attract the best talent to the business. This, in turn, helps SL Controls to grow and helps us provide consistently high standards of service to our clients.

We have also found that remote working can help our employees achieve a better work-life balance. This improves productivity in the business.

Working Remotely for SL Controls

The summary of this article is there may be a role for you at SL Controls, even if our four Irish offices are unsuitable for a daily commute. There are no guarantees, of course, as remote working is only possible following discussion and consideration of the needs of the business.

The possibility exists, though, plus it could be the best career move you’ve made to date. So, whether you are in rural south County Cork, the North Coast of County Antrim, or anywhere between, check out our current engineering vacancies and then get in touch to explore your options.

Emer Feeney

Emer is SL Controls' HR Generalist. She has extensive Human Resource experience within multinational companies across the engineering, IT and insurance sector. Emer provides HR support in a number of key activities including talent acquisition, employee relations, policy implementation, training and development, and delivery of human resource programmes. Emer is also the Wellbeing Champion for SL Controls' Sligo office.

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