Paul Abernethy

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Most of my team are knowledge workers. They are employed for what they know and their role is to share that knowledge and execute strategy with that knowledge. We measure based on outcomes. We make expectations really clear and we check-in on these regularly. The cadence of delivery is mutually agreed and we hold our people accountable to this. When they do it or where they do it can be flexible. There are times where their presence is needed. It is important to collaborate and communicate openly in our environment. That sort of work is done best when working shoulder to shoulder. There is a time for quiet reflection, applying thought to complex challenges and really thinking through how to realise an opportunity. This work is often done best in a space free from other work priorities. Most of this is pretty predictable. With a bit of diligence in planning, when and where you carry out your work is changeable. I am passionate about people working in this way because it maximises their chance of fitting as much as they can into their life. It amplifies their work life as an enriching element of their day to day. The ability to work from home to do tuckshop duties at lunch time, take a long lunch to read at your kid’s school, finish early a couple of days a week to do your degree or come in late so you can take a cross-fit class all makes you a happier person. For me, it is far easier to engage a happier person in their work. Our customers are more likely to engage with a happier person and our culture and values better align with happier people!

Jacinta Fish

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Jacinta is the Managing Director at Jacinta Fish Legal. She has been in legal recruitment for over 20 years and is regarded as one of Australia’s most experienced legal search consultants.

Jacinta is a qualified lawyer, having worked in large private practice firms before moving into legal recruitment. Starting her own business in 2002, Jacinta has managed the careers of many lawyers to achieve positions of Partner, General Counsel, Head of Legal & Risk and Company Secretary. She has recruited across all industries and in private practice, both domestically and internationally and many of her clients are highly successful brand names both in Australia and overseas.

Apart from managing her own business and the careers of others, Jacinta is also mum to 3 boys and is currently undertaking a Psychology degree. She leads by example in Flexible Working as she juggles client & candidate needs and study deadlines, all while balancing family life.

She loves the contact she has with the legal profession and is committed to providing the very best of recruitment advice to her clients and candidates. She advocates for flexible working to ensure that female talent, in particular, is not lost or undervalued in the corporate world and challenges employers to see how they can find new ways of working to stimulate diversity of talent in their teams.

Nicholas Shaw

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Nicholas Shaw is a Property Investment specialist who developed his passion for Real Estate while serving for more than 20 years throughout Australia and deployed overseas with the Australian Army. In this modern age it is expected that everyone gets a fair go. A fair go to work, a fair go to participate. However it’s impossible to give everyone a fair go if they are arbitrarily restricted by work hours and conditions. Our economy requires high participation rates from workers of all genders and backgrounds and the only way to achieve this is for employers, and more broadly us as a society to accept flexibility as a key tool to drive this higher participation. It shouldn’t matter if you are the CEO, the HR manager, the machine operator or the casual assistant the complexities of balancing raising children, studying, sport and recreation and maintaining friendships etc are not unique. We all have a duty to look after our staff and those which who we spend so much of our time to enable them to achieve their full potential. That’s why I am extremely proud to be a #flexibleworkingday ambassador and to help spread the message of this key initiative.

Michelle Crawford

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Michelle is the amazing brain behind Being More Human. 20 years of experience providing guidance, leadership development, recruitment support and strengthening the culture in organisations across 20 industries has shown her one truth – modern businesses are losing their humanity. After seeing the world and meeting people from all walks of life, Michelle chose to dedicate her life to helping businesses in Australia to become more human in the way they operate and their culture.