The Restart Project is a small, mission-driven organisation that believes the how we do things is just as important as why we do them.
We believe that fixing our relationship with the material world requires fixing our relationship with each other on a human level as well, and leading by example in modelling new organisational culture and ways of working.
Fairness, creativity, empowerment, and agility are important values to us.
Embodying key principles
As we remain small, we will work with freelancers and volunteers, who will be agile and valued members of our team. Where appropriate, these ways of working apply to them, and agility should never be an excuse to overlook fundamental issues of fairness.
We will continue to make space for creative activity and expression within the organisation, including regular “away afternoons” and support to team members to attend innovative and creative events.
Team members shall be empowered to make decisions at the most appropriate level, always with adequate support from colleagues. Team members will also be empowered to seek out and take advantage of learning opportunities.
We will not create a vertical organisation. We aim to remain as horizontal and collaborative as possible, which implies that team members manage each other. Additionally, we will continually review our relationships with freelancers and volunteers through this lens of fairness.
Our internal objectives
- To create a supportive, fulfilling, creative, and fun work environment, where all members of the team – and our volunteers – are involved in shaping the future of the organisation.
- To maintain a pay and reward structure which gives broad recognition to skills, experience and responsibility, whilst keeping differences between the highest and lowest paid small and ensuring no one is paid less than the London Living Wage, including interns.
- To support flexible working arrangements, centred on core hours, and encourages working from home – even if home is far away – when appropriate.
- To encourage personal development and support training opportunities – including for boosting creativity.
- Generous holiday allowance of 28 days a year (pro-rata for part-time) plus Bank Holidays and time off between Christmas and New Year.
- Pension contribution in line with current requirements and with plans to increase this over time.
- Regular staff away afternoons every other month, organised by staff members on a rota basis. These range from picnics and ice cream in the sun, to visiting exhibitions with a Restart theme, to overnight retreats.
- Creative, thriving shared office space with other dynamic community organisations and young companies, with nearby sports amenities and/or green space.