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Australian employees say flexibility is key to loyalty

Australian employees say flexibility is key to loyalty

  • New survey to be released ahead of Flexible Working Day’ on Wednesday 21 June 2017
  • flexibleworkingday.com launched today with toolkits and other resources
  • Flexibility key for all Australians including men and women, parents, carers, people with a disability, millennials 
Australians are more likely to remain loyal employees when they have access to flexible working arrangements, according to data from a new survey being released in the lead up to the first-ever ‘Flexible Working Day’ on Wednesday 21 June 2017.

The survey, which aims to spark discussion between employees and employers on national ‘Flexible Working Day’, reveals flexibility is the most important influencer on career choices, ahead of remuneration and career progression. It also revealed that 91 per cent of respondents agree that flexible working has increased their job satisfaction and motivation, as they are better able to juggle what is important in their lives.

Vanessa Vanderhoek, the businesswoman taking the lead on advocating for flexible working arrangements by launching ‘Flexible Working Day’, is not surprised by the results and believes the final data will show a nation wanting greater flexibility. 
 
‘I decided to launch this campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of flexible working arrangements, but also to highlight the need for this issue to be taken on board at executive levels, and with leadership from our government,’ Ms Vanderhoek said.

‘The survey results and complementary case studies also shed light on what has and can be done – including beliefs, behaviours, knowledge and skills – to better encourage, adopt and embed flexible work arrangements moving forward’.

She added: ‘Working with both employees and employers with Career Inside Track, we’ve identified that flexible work is crucial to the wellbeing of parents in the workforce, but also to the productivity of organisations – but as a society, we’re just not talking about this enough’. 
 
Ms Vanderhoek is the founder of Career Inside Track, a consultancy that supports parents to balance the demands of their work and families, and assists employers to harness the benefits of flexible working arrangements to get the most out of their employees. She’s also a mother and step-mum, drawing on her own experiences of transitioning back into the workplace without the necessary support systems in place. 
 
‘It’s not just about having flexible work available in your workplace,’ Ms Vanderhoek said. ‘It’s also about having other policy measures in place that support flexible working arrangements – that includes flexible, affordable childcare and a sophisticated paid parental leave scheme, to start with.’
 
With the support of national and international partners, Flexible Working Day will engage employees, employers and the general community in conversations to build awareness of the benefits of flexible working arrangements, and to encourage engagement from senior leaders to make flexible work a priority. 

Flexible Working Day is proudly supported by FlexCareers, The Parenthood and Women’s Agenda.
 
For more information, visit www.flexibleworkingday.com or join the conversation with #FWD17

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Vanessa Vanderhoek is available for interview. A range of case studies are also available. Media contact: Jack Walden, jack@thecword.com.au or 0428 300 090
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