"The nature of everyone’s roles is changing: some roles won’t exist so you will have to reskill or you’ll be in a role that becomes more and more value-add and involve less of those less value-add tasks. The skills that will become really crucial are digital skills, people who are really adaptable and agile. You don’t get trained in one thing and keep doing that for the rest of your life, you’ve got to keep adapting."
Anthony Healy, Champion and CEO BNZ
"Flexibility allows us to employ some really interesting people and be an attractive employment brand and that’s great for people coming into the company. This creates a more creative workplace where people come up with different ideas, different approaches and that adds a lot of energy to the company.
Most importantly, flexibility allows us to do some really good things for our customers."
Mike Smith, Champion and Managing Director, IBM NZ
Flexibility as an enabler for performance
Powerful megatrends (external link) are driving change in our New Zealand landscape, including increased ethnic diversity, the rise of an aging workforce, increased caring responsibilities for men and women, growing talent shortages, continued growth in new technology, growth in female work participation and new generations entering the workforce.
As such, businesses are required to navigate new ways of working to ensure performance. Building a flexible and diverse workforce is one way to respond to changing market trends and to enhance the elements of a high performing organisation, in particular areas of customer centricity, engaged and capable people, innovation, and ensuring smart investment and resource allocation.
Workplace flexibility allows you, as an employer, to attract and retain top talent (your people), achieve increased productivity (your business), and foster an agile response to changing market needs (your customers and environment).
It’s a diverse and in-depth strategy that goes beyond the traditional thinking of ‘part-time work for new parents’ to an integrated mindset and way of work accessible to all.
Every employee in New Zealand now has the right to request a flexible work arrangement and you, as an employer, have an obligation to consider this request. By ensuring your work environment promotes a culture of trust and high performance, flexible working can be positive for everyone – the business, your employees and your customers.