Bank of Ireland has opened five more remote working hubs for its staff to provide an alternative to central office locations as part of efforts to enhance work-life balance by reducing commuting time and costs.

The five new remote working hubs are located in Swords, Blanchardstown, Santry, Newbridge, and Newlands Cross.

Bank of Ireland already has six remote working hubs at Gorey, Mullingar, Dundalk, Naas, Balbriggan and Northern Cross in operation.

The bank said the office buildings will reopen in line with Government advice, with a gradual return to the office over the coming weeks.

It said that while the majority of its staff have been working from home throughout the pandemic, about one in four continued to work in branches and central offices.

Bank of Ireland said its hybrid working model means different things for each colleague depending on their role within the organisation.

The bank said its hybrid model will see office space being used mainly for meetings, collaboration, and building connections, while remote locations will be more suitable for work that can be progressed individually or that is more task based.

Matt Elliott, Bank of Ireland's Chief People Officer, said its hybrid working model means less of the old way of doing things, like travelling through rush hour to do something at the office that could easily have been done from home.

"Opening five new remote working hubs means that there are now even more flexible working options for colleagues. Depending on their role, our working model allows colleagues to work from a combination of home and central office locations, and now offers access to a network of 11 remote working hubs," Mr Elliott said.

"Given the recent changes to Covid-19 restrictions, our office buildings will reopen in line with Government advice, with a gradual return to the office over the coming weeks. We look forward to welcoming colleagues back to our offices and hubs in the coming weeks," he added.