SCA goes back to the office with full pay

Chris Pash
By Chris Pash | 16 September 2020

Radio and television operator SCA is sending its 2,000 staff back to the office, ending working from home for many.

The company plans, with a program called SCA Your Way, to have all its 65 offices open from September 28 with staff on full pay.

Staff will have choices on how they work, from the office or remotely. 

CEO Grant Blackley says the willingness everyone at SCA to lean in and support each other and the company has been astounding.

"Whilst clearly the COVID-19 situation is ever-changing and will require careful ongoing management, it is the efforts and contributions of each of us that have enabled us to emerge ready for the months and years ahead," he says.

"As a result, our people will return to their ‘pre-COVID’ employment conditions, including a return to normal hours and remuneration from 28th September.

"Great progress has been made on our roadmap to a COVIDSafe SCA, which has seen a methodical return to offices across the country. It is our hope that by the end of the year the vast majority of our offices will return to full capacity." 

He says one positive side effect of COVID-19 has been examining the ways we work. 

"Whilst many of us have enjoyed aspects of our flexible working arrangements and we have seen that the technology available to us enables effective remote working, we have also learned that the culture and collaboration provided in our office environments is something that we enjoy and is an important part of our competitive advantage," he says.  

"We have learned that with teamwork and collaboration, flexible working arrangements can and do work, and accordingly will play an important part in our ways of working into the future. 

"For those reasons, we are launching a refreshed workplace flexibility program called SCA YourWay, which takes a unique team-focussed approach to workplace flexibility that ensures our teams will operate productively and collaboratively in a flexible working environment. 

"SCA YourWay recognises that when flexible work is done well, we all can achieve our best professionally, whilst also maintaining work life balance." 

SCA posted a 18% drop in revenue to $540.15 million for the year to June but still managed to report a profit. 

Underlying net profit after tax was $35.8 million, down 51%. 

The company says the impact of COVID-19 was mitigated by the geographic diversity of SCA’s radio portfolio comprising 10 commercial stations in metro markets and 78 in regional markets. 

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