FLEXIBILITY AT WORK – WORTH THE STRETCH!
Recently some friends decided to get married down the coast on a Friday afternoon. This sparked a lot of conversation about what everyone’s plan was to accommodate work. Some friends were going to squeeze in a half day at the office, others had reluctantly planned to sacrifice a full day of annual leave, or worse still, throw a ‘sickie’!
Driving back from the wedding, I reflected on how lucky I was to be a part of a workplace that values and even encourages flexibility. I had been able to work a half day from home the previous Friday, which had allowed me the freedom to load up the car and nip across the Westgate comfortably ahead of peak hour.
Now this may not sound like a big deal, but the ability to structure the hours of my working week around important commitments without the arbitrary pressures of peak hour commutes and the dreaded ‘facetime’, means that I’m less stressed, more productive and more focussed than I’ve ever been at work.
Looking at the bigger picture, the reality is that we all face a variety of different responsibilities and demands which impact upon our work-life balance. Whether it be child raising, health, relationships or other personal commitments, flexible work enables everyone in our team to be more efficient without missing out on other important aspects of life.
Given this, I thought it best to draw insights from the team on the culture of flexibility which we all enjoy. We agreed it works well for us because:
- We are outcome focussed, as opposed to working set hours;
- The ebb and flow nature of work means we are prepared to be flexible (working the late nights, early mornings etc.) to deliver for clients;
- Our employer trusts us to not take advantage of the system, and;
- Flexible work hinges on the relationship you have with your employer. For it to work, the relationship must be positive, respectful and trusting.
Whilst I recognise that flexibility at work may not be possible in all industries, the culture at Bastion Engage is a testament to just how successful this approach can be. It’s a win-win-win; for us as individuals, our clients, and for the business.
Juliet Israel – Associate
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