Flexible working

Flexible working is now becoming the norm in workplaces here in Aotearoa and throughout the world.

According to Putting science to work (2022), flexible work has been shown to benefit mental health. However, there are inherent risks associated with flexible working, such as how to mentor and coach remote working staff, how to effectively manage the wellbeing of your workers, and the impact on workplace culture.

The New Zealand Workplace Wellbeing Report 2021 showed that while 58% of businesses saw flexible work having a positive impact on employees, 73% reported some employees felt isolated.

It’s important to ensure you have a flexible working structure that ensures remote working employees feel supported and there are avenues for them to access the supports they need, but also allows managers to recognise concerns and work can be designed accordingly.

This review provides ideas on how leaders can support remote work:

Read the Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum publication on creating thriving workplaces which considers what a flexible workplace looks like, what are some of the opportunities and challenges, and provides some case studies to help organisations better understand how working differently will impact their organisation.

Things to consider when setting up a flexible working arrangement:

  • Supportive leave policies
  • Work-life balance
  • Campions of flexibility in the workplace – part of diversity and supporting women
  • Case studies

Hear from Good Earth Matters about how they manage a remote working team:

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