Manchester-based digital marketing agency Embryo has just returned to its office based in the heart of the city. However, in preparation for their transition from working from home to the office, Operations Manager, Cicely Ward has implemented a Covid-19 compliant hybrid-workplace plan. The aim of the plan is to ensure the safety of the Embryo team and to follow the UK’s Government advice of regular testing.

Embryo’s plan currently offers their team a flexible working schedule which allows different departments to work in the office for up to two days a week and the rest of their time remotely from home.  This new hybrid working schedule allows the ever growing Embryo team to work closely within their relevant departments as they’re able to catch up in person from a social distance, and provide them with that much needed face to face contact time with their line managers and work colleagues. 

Embryo has shown they’ve evolved and grown throughout the pandemic as they’ve hired 16 team members since the start of the pandemic, with plans to hire  a further 7 members working within the SEO, Content, Digital PR , PPC and Web teams. Along with recruiting new talent, they’ve ensured that the health and well-being of their staff come first as each member of staff is required to have a lateral-flow test before entering the office to ensure they prevent the risk of transmission. Along with following health and safety procedures implemented by the Government, Embryo has allowed staff to grow in their roles and be promoted into senior positions such as the Head of Organic Strategy, Client Services Director, and Head of SEO which was recently appointed to Sam Thomas, Charlotte Fallon and Mitchell Thomas. 

With the goals to continue growing in the digital marketing industry, Operations Manager, Cicely Ward has seen how much the team has evolved and how much the Embryo staff have enjoyed being back in the office: 

“Being responsible for creating and launching our new hybrid workplace structure hasn’t come without its challenges. It has taken a lot of time to develop a flexible approach that allows us to accommodate for both team growth, social distancing, as well as monitoring the maximum capacity that our Manchester office can sustain.”

“It was important to us at Embryo to ensure that we provide the team with as much flexibility as possible, whilst ensuring that we keep everyone safe. This is why we decided to take part in the lateral flow device testing scheme, all staff members are required to take a test and record their results, with only people recording negative results coming into the office. By doing this, we are helping to minimise the spread and keeping our employees safe. The launch of the hybrid workplace has been a real success and it has been so nice to be able to officially welcome the new team members that have joined us over the past year.”



By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.