Steps to take if you’re considering working flexibly

Do you want to know what it takes to make a flexible work arrangement work for you and your team?

Over the coming weeks, DEW’s Modern Workplace team will take you through everything you need to know – from what to consider before you flag the idea with your manager, how to manage staff who work flexibly, how technology can assist you, and everything in between.

But first, do you know what a flexible workplace looks like?

Flexible workplaces

A flexible workplace is one that focuses on outcomes to make sure DEW meets the needs of the South Australian community.

It enables the department to create agile teams with modern work habits, efficient work practices and effective work models.

In this type of workplace, staff are supported to adapt and tailor their working arrangements to provide greater choice about when, where and how they work, in a way that meets the needs of the business and the individual.

Things to consider

If the idea of a flexible work arrangement is of interest to you, the first thing you need to do is take a few minutes to explore how it could work for you, what it would mean for your team, and how you would continue to meet business needs.

To help you in your thinking, it’s encouraged that you take a few minutes to work through the guide (internal access only), which asks you to consider things like:

  • what flexibility options (internal access only) could work for you?
  • what effect/impact might it have on your team?
  • how flexible are you willing to be?
  • what would be the benefits of a flexible arrangement?
  • what possible work safety and wellbeing issues might arise?

After you’ve used this tool to gather your thoughts, it’s time to raise the conversation with your manager. Stay tuned – next week’s edition of The Weekly will talk you through how to do that.

For more information contact Modern Workplace Change Manager Michelle Zweck.