Resources for organisations to identify the potential for remote and hybrid working and practical tips for implementation

In 2021, UK Theatre commissioned Parents and Carers in Performing Arts (PiPA) to research and write a suite of practical resources for organisations on remote and hybrid working.

During the COVID-19 pandemic many people in the theatre industry lost their jobs, were prevented from working, and many worked from home. As the theatre industry reopened, organisations began to look at developing constructive approaches to returning to the workplace. This provided an important juncture for organisations to consider the benefits of remote working – and the practical steps needed to take to integrate new approaches – before simply returning to pre-pandemic working patterns.

In May 2021 PiPA conducted research with theatre sector workers that identified significant appetite and opportunity within managers and workforce for embedding a more robust and flexible infrastructure into daily working practice. We acknowledge that there are many factors to consider and no one-size-fits all approach.

To assist leaders and managers as they explore new approaches to working, based on tried and tested strategies as part of the PiPA Charter Programme, PiPA have designed a practical toolkit to support managers to assess the potential opportunities and challenges for organisations identified through the research.

The Remote Working Toolkit features the following guidance:

Part 1: The Future of Work – Flexible, Remote and Mixed

  • Making the business case for remote working – a summary of the benefits and challenges of developing new policies
  • Types of remote working – definitions and explanations
  • Common concerns – addressing frequently arising questions

Part 2: Making Off Site Working Work

  • PiPA Role Analysis tool
  • Remote Working Checklist

Part 3: Remote Working sample policy