Staffing model (Treating People Individually)

IDEMS staffing model aims to apply the same model to all contributors whatever their level of expertise and wherever in the world they are based.


The staffing model builds on the following principles:

  • Fundamentally profitable: As a social enterprise IDEMS exists primarily to fulfil its social mission. This is only possible if it is profitable enough to guarantee its continued existence, grow when appropriate,u00a0and pass on profit to designated charities.
  • Financial transparency: IDEMS maintains transparency in its accounts, which includes staff salaries and expenditure. Financial details are provided in the public end of year report.
  • Individual initiative: IDEMSu00a0aims to build a culture which supports individual initiative wherever possible. This extends beyond professional initiative to encapsulate the nature of the workplace.
  • Collective responsibility: Collective responsibility will extend beyond collaboration on projects and include collective action to support employee wellbeing.
  • Satisfying need not greed: IDEMS aims to recruit and retain staff whose primary motivations go beyond financial gain. Hence, salary packages are generally aligned to public university scales, wherever this is sensible.

Staff types

IDEMS is flexible in the way it engages with people through five major staff types:

  • Full/part time employees
  • Subcontracted partner organisations
  • Self-employed associates
  • Interns
  • Volunteers

Flexible working environment

Whenever possible IDEMS will provide a flexible enabling working environment. The goal is to give individuals independence in their:

  • choice of workplace. This includes office, home or even remote access while travelling.
  • choice of working hours. Wherever possible this is left to the individual, not just when but also how many.
  • choice of vacation. This is open, including number of days although a minimum of 20 a year is recommended.

This extreme flexibility is intended to enable staff to manage their own productivity. The price is one of responsibility. Staff are expected to be highly conscious and dedicated to their responsibilities ensuring that their choices do not negatively impact their work and colleagues.