ATLANTA—Acuity Brands, Inc., a leading industrial technology company, announced the launch of Acuity Anywhere, a hybrid work model with all jobs either classified as Onsite, Flexible, or Remote. Onsite associates work within Acuity facilities, Flexible associates split their time between an Acuity facility and a home office, and Remote associates primarily work from home. Acuity Anywhere allows associates to contribute, grow professionally and achieve results whether they work onsite or remotely.
“At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our focus was on keeping our associates safe, keeping our business stable and using our experience to emerge from the pandemic even better than we started. Acuity Anywhere reflects the best of what we learned during the pandemic,” said Dianne Mills, Acuity Brands, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “Our new model, co-created with our associates, will help us retain and attract great people and will help us reach our goal to become the place where the best people come to do their best work.”
Guided by its continuing commitment to serve its customers and care for associates, Acuity leadership carefully considered several factors when creating Acuity Anywhere:
- Delivering on customer expectations—leveraging technology and improving how it works to meet customers’ future needs;
- Putting the focus on results and outcomes;
- Improving productivity and facilitating innovation;
- Enhancing the work/life experience of Acuity’s associates;
- Using buildings more effectively and saving energy;
- Increasing Acuity’s ability to hire top talent from new locations; and
- Reducing C02and energy consumption by reducing commuting and unnecessary travel.
About Acuity Anywhere
Remote-eligible associates have greater flexibility in where they choose to live and do not necessarily need to be close to an Acuity facility or office. Associates classified as Flexible split time between their local office and home, based on job requirements. Remote and Flexible associates in certain countries may also be provided with monthly stipends to purchase the items they need to do their best work.
Additionally, the new work model provides for more time away from work for all associates. The updated time away from work policies include increased vacation time, paid holidays, parental leave for mothers and fathers, time off to receive COVID-19 vaccinations and time off to vote. Acuity Brands also increased certain leave and health-related benefits for its manufacturing and distribution associates who are primarily Onsite and look forward to continuing this forward progress in partnership with its labor unions.
“We believe this new way of working is transformative for those whose job does not require them to be onsite every day. Acuity Anywhere offers flexibility for our associates; facilitates our access to the best talent; allows us to keep pace with customer needs and supports our EarthLIGHT sustainability and social initiatives,” said Mills.
Acuity Brands will continually review the hybrid-work model to plan for evolving customer and associate needs.