Flexible working is the essential ingredient in balancing all the important aspects in my life. What underpins my ability to do this is trust between my team including my manager, and a clear set of KPI’s which measures my success based on quality of my output, not the time I spend achieving them. I utilise both formal and informal flex options which I draw upon, allowing me to be truly present to perform the task at hand. Whether that be on a Webex call at 9.30pm with my global colleagues, walking to pick my children up from school/day care or even making it to that 5pm gym class. Every day is different.
I am passionate about busting the myth that flexible work is only for parents with caring responsibilities. Flexible work should be for anyone, for any reason and approached with a view of how can we make this work. Sure, not all roles can utilise the same options as others, but we really need to explore the barriers on what is preventing some form of flexibility. In my opinion one of the biggest barriers to flexible work is our mindset!
Our social norms have shifted, and so have our expectations of our employers. Flexible work has proven to be successful attraction and retention strategy. It opens up a wider range of talent and is a key enabler in creating a diverse and inclusive work environment.