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Brave Bison

Brave Bison is a different beast: a media, marketing and technology company built for the new era. 

We connect digital experiences, creators and conversions. And we're underpinned by a universe like no other – our own social first media network. With monthly views in the billions, we know how to build communities and make hearts roar.

Location
The Varnish Works, London, N1 9AJ
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Industry Marketing and Advertising
Company size:   51-250 employees
Industry:   Marketing and Advertising
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The Varnish Works
London
N1 9AJ
 
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WORKYOURWAY INSIDER VIEW

Brave Bison has embraced a new era of working, and implemented many different approaches, which gives staff autonomy on their working patterns and workplace. By giving staff autonomy, Brave Bison has been able to build a culture around trust, with flexibility at the heart of the media organisation. They also see the importance of providing part-time opportunities for returners. 

What we love about Brave Bison:

💡 Brave Bison organises regular meet ups to ensure the culture is retained

💡 The organisation gives autonomy to staff to work from their desired location, whether that's at home or in the office. 

Flexible Working Approach

At Brave Bison, we understand the importance of achieving a healthy work-life fit. For this to work for everyone, we need to start from a position of trust which can only be reached by lots of communication, and encouragement of individual responsibility. The onus is on each individual to manage their workplace commitments, while being supported by clear guidelines of how flexibility is to be used as well as transparency surrounding what you are expected to deliver.

1) We trust our people to do what’s right for the business while ensuring they achieve a healthy work/life balance. 

2) When intending to avail of dynamic working, it’s important to agree your work plans, hours, objectives, and any other necessary details with your manager, in advance. 

3) It is up to each individual to manage their workplace responsibilities in conjunction with their use of flexibility. 

4) Everyone is expected to ‘be present’ at work regardless of when you are working or where you are working from. 

5) Flexibility is multi-directional and there may be times when you are expected to offer flexibility in return

Keeping us in the loop 

For dynamic working to work for everyone we need to communicate, communicate, communicate! That means we notify our managers and teams, in advance, of our plans to work flexibly. We also agree our objectives, what hours we’ll be working and keep all available channels of communication open while working. 

Personal Responsibility

It is up to each individual to manage their workload in tandem with their use of flexibility. You are responsible for ensuring that the way in which you work allows you to stay on top of deadlines, collaborate with the team and meet objectives. Again, communication is key here. 

Being Present 

Dynamic working works best when the team in the office still feel connected to those working elsewhere. For that reason, we ask that meetings are not cancelled if someone is working from home, instead they dial in. A head on a screen should be able to contribute to a meeting as much as anyone in the room. Everyone is expected to have Skype on whenever they are working from home as well as any other tools the team uses (i.e. Slack).  

Multi-directional Flexibility 

It’s important to remember that flexibility goes both ways. Although, offering dynamism of hours and workplace is important to achieve the right harmony of work and personal life, there may be times when we are required to give some flexibility back. For example, it may be that we are required to be in office in order to prep for that super important pitch or because you have a new person joining the team. 

Technology 

We will ensure that we all have the necessary technological means to avail of dynamic working. However, in advance of working flexibly, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the necessary technology & software to do so. Any concerns should be raised to IT as soon as possible.


FLEXIBASE WORKING PATTERNS DEFINITIONS
Part-time: An employee who works fewer hours than a full-time worker. There is no specific number of hours that makes someone part-time, but a full-time worker will usually work 35-40 hours a week.
Flexi-Time: This is a working schedule that allows employees to choose when they start and end their workday, usually to accomodate an individuals needs and other commitments outside of work.
Agile Working: This method of work gives employees the option to work where, when and how they choose – with maximum flexibility and minimum constraints.
Full-time: A full-time employee works between 35 and 40 hours per week, usually on a permanent contract.
FLEXIBASE WORKPLACE DEFINITIONS
Hybrid Working (Office / Home): This means an employee splits their time between the workplace (usually office based) and remote working (usually at home).
Remote or Mobile Working: This is a type of working arrangement that allows an employee to work from a remote location outside of corporate offices.
Work From Home (WFH): This is where an employee has the ability to set up their workspace at home, and manage their work without the need to go to the office.
Office Working: This refers to an employee being physically present in the workplace to fulfil their contractual responsibilities.
FLEXIBASE LIFE EVENT DEFINITIONS
Career Breaks / Sabbatical: These are an extended periods of agreed absence from work. The term is often used interchangeably with "sabbatical", which is generally taken to mean a shorter period of leave of several weeks or months.
Shared Parental Leave: This allows parents to share a portion of leave and pay with their partners to care for children from birth, usually until their first birthday.

*Please note that not all flexible working options may not be available for every role.

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