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Channel 4 News investigates Animation industry WFH plans

Matthew Bristowe, Director of Operations, spoke to Channel 4 News today for a segment they were running on the UK Government’s change of guidance around returning to work. In conversation with Channel 4 Business Correspondent, Paul McNamara, Matt touched on how animation has thrived throughout the pandemic, a saving grace for the UK film and TV industries due to the lack of blockers brought on by live-action filming.

Having onboarded over 100 people since UK lockdown, with no loss in productivity, working from home has worked well for the company thanks to our incredible innovative IT infrastructure, however, when thinking ahead, is a fully remote workforce going to work full time?

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Matthew explains to the Channel 4 listeners how we have adapted our communication and operations, working to an optimum productivity at home. However now, nearly five months later it is time to reassess the situation once more. Whilst it is not mandatory for staff to return to the office, Matthew explained how Jellyfish has opened up two studios, one in Sheffield and its flagship in Brixton, to welcome back those staff who feel like they need to return, whether that’s because their mental health is suffering at the hands of extensive remote working or for specific strategic meetings with colleagues. This blended way of working is something Jellyfish will be implementing going forward, picking the best bits of studio working and remote working. With our staff’s wellbeing always at the forefront of everything we do, we believe it is important for our staff to have a hub, which remains open for them to return to if they choose.

It has been a whirlwind of changes the past few months for everyone and we have had to evolve quickly into a new way of living and working. Regardless of Government guidance, we will always put our employees’ safety, mental health and wellbeing first, and that is what this blended approach does.

Watch the interview below.