Today's blog article has been provided by May Worvill, Graduate Resourcing Manager at Bristows LLP. Bristows LLP is one of our Charter signatories.
May writes: "At Bristows, we believe inclusion initiatives should, by definition, encompass everyone who works at the firm rather than just target groups with specific protected characteristics. This attitude has pervaded the firm’s discussions on the implementation of a new agile working policy and has had a profound impact for me personally.
I’m the Graduate Resourcing Manager at the firm, but I’m also a military wife and in November last year I found out that my husband was being posted to Germany for two years from the start of 2017. I made the decision to move with him and thought that this would mean resigning from my role at Bristows; not something I was keen to do. With regret, I approached my manager (the Head of HR) and also the partner I report in to, to let them know my situation. I openly asked if there was any way that I could continue working at the firm, fully expecting a response of “we’re sorry, but no”. But, this is not what I heard back from either of them. Instead to my delight, “Well why can’t you just work remotely?” was the response.