Driving and implementing a flexibility-at-work agenda

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There is no doubt that workplace diversity is an important issue amongst employers at the moment. It is imperative for our economy that we encourage more women to re-enter the workforce after maternity leave, and our ageing population means enabling people to work for longer is crucial.

This whitepaper has been created to examine attitudes towards flexible work arrangements and offer practical recommendations on how organisations can embrace and benefit from flexible work policies.

Specifically this whitepaper explores:

  • Preferred flexible work arrangements and common drivers
  • The impact of flexible work arrangements on productivity and engagement 
  • Barriers to implementing flexible work arrangements 
  • Flexible work arrangements as an attraction and retention strategy

For the purposes of this whitepaper, a flexible working arrangement means taking a different approach to traditional working, and may involve job redesign, changes to hours of work, or changes in patterns or location of work to better meet employee and business needs.

It found that 40% of professionals say they would reject a job offer if it lacked flexible working opportunities. The whitepaper, which surveyed thousands of professionals and hiring managers from across Australia and New Zealand, also reveals that 88% of jobseekers are more likely to consider a role that allowed for flexible working, yet barely a third of employers say they promote flexible working policies during the recruitment process.

Flexible working is not only beneficial for wellbeing, commitment and efficiency in the workplace, it also lends a competitive edge to your recruitment strategies.

James Nicholson, Managing Director of Robert Walters Australia and New Zealand, says:

“Organisations have sometimes seen flexible working as an employee perk, overlooking the link between the ‘loyalty gains’ generated and increased productivity levels.

“This approach also runs counter to a number of increasingly influential societal trends – a rise in the number of mothers returning to full time employment, the rebalancing of childcare responsibilities and an ageing population – all of which have pushed flexible working to the top of the jobseeker agenda.

“Flexible working is not only beneficial for wellbeing, commitment and efficiency in the workplace, it also lends a competitive edge to your recruitment strategies. Key to successful implementation is a culture of openness and consensus on measuring outcomes and success, so buy-in from the board level down is essential.”

Read the full whitepaper.

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