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Flexibility and wellness

Workplace flexibility empowers people to take an element of control over their work schedule ensuring better work life harmony.

Simon Moutter"Before smartphones and email syncing, we tended to have greater separation between work and non-work time. As that separation has diminished, many feel like they never have time to recharge the batteries. We’re not going to change the reality of the online world, so we need to manage the balance through discipline combined with flexibility, as paradoxical as that sounds."

Simon Moutter, Champion and CEO, Spark


Michele Embling"As business has had to evolve to be responsive to customers almost 24/7, we've expected more of our people. It's about creating that balance for people to be their best that they can be at work, to create value in the business, and for business to respect the needs of it's people"

Michele Embling, Champion and Chair, PwC


Workplace flexibility is a significant contributor to employee wellbeing

Flexibility has been named as one of the top corporate wellness trends for 2017 by Forbes (external link) magazine. It states that “flexibility covers a lot of the groundwork needed for employee wellness, as it focuses on improving work-life balance.”

With the rise in dual income families, people are becoming increasing time-poor. Despite changes in society, the workplace operates to a large degree on the stereotype of the ideal worker, i.e. someone who is able to work full time, and to be solely committed to their job, because they are supported by someone outside the workplace who attends to all their non-work needs. The cliché of the full time bread-winner husband and home-maker wife is now uncommon in the real world, but in subtle—and often unconscious—ways continues to shape expectations in the workplace

By allowing employees to manage their schedule to include being able to do some life admin you are enabling them to be fully present when they are at work.

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Tips

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Make guilt-free choices between work and life, be committed and make it happen.

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Manage the expectations of others by being clear about what’s urgent and what can wait.

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Lead by example and acknowledge that people handle 24/7 connectedness differently.

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Routine helps by taking away decision making for the small things.

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Exercise.

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Take time to relax and rejuvenate—whatever that means for you.

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Use technology to your advantage.

Further resources

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Flexibility and wellness

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Tris Alcanites, Senior Insights Manager, BNZ

Tris shares his views on flexibility and avoiding a 4-hour Auckland commute.

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9 tips to improve your work-place balance

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