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Nationwide plans to close three of its offices in Swindon following the move to remote working as a result of the pandemic.
Jane Imrie

Nationwide to close offices as 13,000 staff given permanent remote working options

Building society Nationwide has announced that it will permanently allow thousands of its staff to work ‘anywhere’.

13,000 of the company’s office staff will be able to work interchangeably from home, their local branch or the firm’s HQ.

The news comes as Nationwide plans to close three of its offices in Swindon following the move to remote working as a result of the pandemic.

In a Nationwide survey of staff, 57 per cent said they wanted to work from home full-time after lockdown ends, while 36 per cent said they preferred a combination of home and office-based work.

Joe Garner, chief executive of Nationwide, commented: “The last year has taught many of us that ‘how’ we do our jobs is much more important than ‘where’ we do them from. We have listened and learned, and we are now deciding to move forward, not back.

“We are putting our employees in control of where they work from, inviting them to ‘locate for their day’ depending on what they need to achieve.”

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