And of course, workplace flexibility requires actually walking the talk.
A recent study found that less than 50% of Australian organisations have an official flexible workplace policy. Even when those policies do exist, there are barriers that prevent them from being effective.
But at HC we’ve seen the upside to a truly flexible workplace. Offering flexible options that suit individual staff members is a win win – staff are happier and more productive.
Sue: For me it’s about two things. Outcomes and trust. My staff know their outcomes and I trust they will achieve them leveraging whatever flexibility is needed in the mix to get them there.
Elise: I like coming into an office to work, but sometimes life can get in the way. It's great that workplace flexibility gives us the opportunity to handle what we need to when we need to and get on with the job.
Al: The best part about a flexible workplace for me is knowing I can use it when I need to get stuck into a project that needs 100% attention. There is no roster we just work with each other to ensure the office is covered.
Kendi: I leave early once a week so I can take the kids to piano and no one bats an eyelid. (The kids hate piano, so while I think it’s great, they’re not so keen!)
Nicole: Workplace flexibility helps me balance my priorities – I'm able to work part-time and within that mould the hours to suit my family and work needs. It's so refreshing to work in an office that genuinely encourages this.
Angela: I’m studying and my timetable changes each semester. At Hardman Communications I’m able to achieve important goals both professionally and academically.
Alex: I love the option of being able to work from home. Living nearly an hour away in traffic it means I can take a break from the daily commute and have the option of working from my study or the local café.