Culture & Values
We treat each other, our colleagues and partners with respect at all times, but especially when times are challenging. Our advice and analysis are impartial: we value intellectual honesty, regularly question assumptions and do not rule out radical or novel ideas. We are straightforward and honest, but always constructive and respectful.
We take time to ask after each other’s wellbeing, and make sure that everyone feels included. We give considered, insightful feedback, and praise where it is due. We value different ways of working, effort as well as success, and corporate contributions as much as policy delivery.
We understand the importance of the people we work with, both internal and external, and will always try to understand the points of view of others by putting ourselves in their shoes. We promote input from others, really listen to what they have to say and act on feedback we receive. We recognise our responsibility for the success of the wider Treasury and the government-as-a-whole, and work with partners beyond Whitehall to achieve the best outcome.
We actively share information as widely as possible. We are clear about why decisions have been made, and honest when they go wrong. We recognise the value of diverse viewpoints and experiences, and seek them out to improve our own understanding.
We want all staff to thrive in the Treasury, and we know that this means different things to different people.
We’re committed to ensuring that all of our employees can realise their potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and feel supported in the workplace. We also provide opportunities for those who want to give back through volunteering.
At HM Treasury, we view flexible working as essential in enabling us to recruit and retain talented people, ensuring that they can enjoy a long-lasting career with us. All employees have the right to apply for flexible working and there are a range of options available to you, including working from home, compressed hours and job sharing. Additionally, we operate flexitime systems, allowing you to take up to an additional 2 days off each month, providing you work enough hours to meet business need.
The wellbeing of our staff is important to us, and so your line manager will support you in this. You can also access additional support and advice through our delivery partners, as well as internal supporters who you can talk to in confidence if needed.
The Government has made a commitment to encourage employees of large and public sector organisations to invest time in voluntary activity. In line with this, you’ll have the opportunity to take a minimum period of special paid leave each year to undertake volunteering activities which are relevant to your business area, to demonstrate civic responsibility, or to support organisations that are part of the Treasury outreach programme.
We also operate a Reservists Policy, which supports a commitment from the Prime Minister that the Civil Service should lead the way as an exemplar employer of reservists.