Green Paper - Managing in a Flexible Work Environment
Across Australia there is a growing demand for more flexible work arrangements. Working part time, staggering start and finish times, teleworking, taking extended leave, staging retirement or phasing a return from leave—all these and more are finding their way into workplaces.
Flexible work arrangements can bring great benefits to both employers and employees. Businesses find enhanced opportunities for talent management, greater productivity and cost savings from the reduced need for office space, amongst other benefits. Employees are better able to manage childcare and other family responsibilities, pursue study and recreational interests and avoid long and costly commutes. The more that flexible work arrangements are mainstreamed within an organisation, the greater the benefits.
We believe that flexible work arrangements should be at the core of how Australian organisations do business. Equipping managers with the necessary skills and providing them with guidance on how to effectively apply these skills in a flexible work environment is one important step towards mainstreaming flexible work in Australian workplaces. In this Green Paper we identify some of these necessary skills and discuss how they might be put into practice.
As we move from Green Paper to White Paper stage we aim to augment our understanding of the challenges that a flexible work environment presents for management and, accordingly, to provide further guidance on managing well in this context.
What do you think? To provide comments on our Green Paper email firstname.lastname@example.org
or fax to 02 6273 3212.
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