A flexible workplace provides a platform for employers to work with employees to vary working arrangements such as hours of work, work location and the way work is organised and performed to meet the goals of the organisation and the individual.
Increasingly, it is not just the stereotypical ‘working parent’ demanding flexibility to meet basic work and family commitments; employees of all ages seek improved flexible working conditions. Retiring baby boomers wish to ‘wind down’ or ‘phase out’ of the workforce and Generation Y, the future workforce, vote work/life balance as a ‘must have’.
An organisation without workplace flexibility risks losing their talent pool as increasingly, candidates prefer to work for a company which allows them to effectively manage their work around lifestyle needs and wants.
Some of the benefits of introducing flexible work practices include:

 
 
  A competitive edge in recruiting and enhanced corporate image
  Improved ability to retain skilled employees and increase return on training investments
  Improved productivity and increased profit
  Reduced absenteeism and employee turnover
  Reduced recruitment costs
  Reduced stress levels
  Improved morale and commitment
  Potential for improved occupational health and safety records.
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Types of flexible work arrangements

 
 
  The more common, traditional permanent part-time arrangement eg: a 2-3 day working week
  5 day fortnight where an employee works in a cycle of 3 days one week, then 2 days the next
  Job share when one full time job is performed by two or more people
  Number of flexible hours per week on a more casual basis eg:15 hours over any 5 working days
  Number of days in the workplace coupled with some work from home
  Roster or shift work with hours spread over a month cycle
  Freelance or project work with unspecified and negotiable hours
 
  Making it work - Flexible & family friendly initiatives  
  There will be difficulties for you and your family adjusting to the changes in your lives. To make the adjustment easier, particularly in the first weeks or month, talk to your employer and agree ways you can ease yourself in so you can manage any unexpected difficulties..  
 
  Flexible Work Proposal Toolkit
The Flexible Work Proposal Toolkit is a simple and convenient business case tool that enables employees and managers to research, negotiate and implement a flexible work arrangement.
  Proposing Flexible Work Arrangements - an employer's guide
 
Winning family friendly employers – who are they? ( DEWR Work and Family Awards)
The 2009-10 National Work-Life Balance Awards is being developed as part of the  Fresh Ideas for Work and Family initiative to provide public recognition for businesses that are leaders in successfully integrating work-life balance practices whilst managing business demands. 2009 National Work-Life Balance Awards
 
Working Parents Toolkit
This Toolkit is designed to give new and expectant parents relevant and practical information about managing work and parenthood. A must for organisations who want to retain valued, skilled and experienced employees. Provides answers to managing pregnancy at work; preparing for parental leave and to return to work; staying in touch while on leave; negotiating flexibility and tackling the challenges presented by childcare and work / life balance.
  The Future Flexible Workplace by Kate Sykes (CareerMums) and Emma Walsh ( Mums@Work), REX Inflight magazine, Jan 2008
Attract the workforce of the future with flexibility options that will make your business more competitive
  Flexibility - Common objections and why it is good for business
Q & A for employers: Are companies making enough effort to offer flexible arrangements?
What are the main objections of companies to flexible arrangements?
  Creating family friendly workplaces - better balance, better business (A small business guide)
This booklet shares the experiences of real women who are dealing with flexibility issues in their own small businesses, & shows you how you too can improve work family balance in your business without huge investments of time and money.
 
Flexibility Work Arrangements – Guide and obligations for businesses and employees
Fair Work Australia guide for businesses and employees on how to create a flexible work arrangement, obligations and case studies.
 
  Client Case Studies & Testimonials  
  Johnson & Johnson
In 2007 we had feedback from a high potential employee who had been on parental leave. She was courageously open in talking about the challenges she had experienced in returning from leave - how difficult she had found it to come to the point of understanding what she wanted out of her role and her time with J&J, and how she could best work with her manager and HR to get to the right solution. She also talked about the challenges once she did come back to work, how she struggled with her identity, and how alone she felt – surely everyone else did this easily – why couldn’t she? Read more

KPMG
There are a number of benefits and programs available to staff on a national basis.  Two of these programs are specifically designed to assist our staff back to work after parental leave.  They are known as the pre-parental leave workshop and the return to work workshop and are both run on site by our own KPMG Mums and Dads.  Read more

Malleson Stephen Jaques
Supporting working parents has been a long term business priority for Mallesons. In 2002 Making Work Work Together was launched followed soon after by Making Flexible Hours Work Together providing a framework to support flexibility and working parents. Since that time the flexibility agenda has seen a significant shift away from the stereotypical working parent, to an offering that is attractive to all our staff.  Our aim was to identify a product in the market that would enable us to update and refresh our existing materials reflecting the needs of a diverse and broad workforce. Read more

State Trustees
One issue facing our business has been women returning and successfully integrating into the workforce following a period of maternity leave. State Trustees purchased both the 'Working Parents’ toolkit and the ‘Flexible Work Proposal’ toolkit from mums@work. We chose these toolkits because they could be easily customised and branded to meet our needs, while saving us time and money collating the information. We then developed an internal online ‘Keep In Touch’ program as an access point to the toolkits for all employees. Read more

BT Financial Group
BT Financial Group agreed to sponsor mums@work’s ‘Career After Kids’ 2010 seminars after two employees attended the seminar in 2009 and spoke highly of the benefits of the Seminar.  "Thank you for the awesome program. It helped me realise other mums have the same challenges, helped me lift the constraints I have been placing on myself & gave me tools to make it happen such as using positive language when negotiating flexibility, getting mentors, taking action and networking. Thanks for the kick start" Kristie Holmes| Human Resources | BT Financial Group.

 
 

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  Simple and convenient business case Toolkit for managers and employees to openly plan, negotiate and implement a flexible work arrangement.

 
 
Designed specifically to support:
expectant parents
employees on parental leave
working parents