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Building the case for change

Workplace flexibility is an essential enabler for managing the pace of change in today’s world of work.

Anthony Healy

"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

 


Mike Smith"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.

 Infographic showing megatrends and workplace flexibility context

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.

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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).

Flexible working is part of a flexible mindset. Organisations that embrace flexibility are seen as dynamic and responsive which is increasingly important in our fast-moving world.

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Why do employees want flexibility?

People desire flexible working for a variety of reasons, it is no longer the preserve of working mums.

While caring for family members is the main reason that Generation X want flexible working, it is not just children that they are looking after but also potentially their parents.

With people living longer, ‘retirement’ is becoming less defined and there are more of the older generation still actively employed although they may have less desire for full-time work.

Millennials want access to flexible working for more personal pursuits including sport and community work.

As house prices increase so has the distance to places of work. The ability to work from another location or stagger hours to avoid peak traffic could give employees hours back in their day.

Infographic showing why employees want flexibility

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Why have workplace flexibility

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Why do employees want flexibility

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