I am passionate about flexible working because it enables greater participation in the workplace for those who may need the work life balance, for whatever reason they need it. In 2018 I moved to the Dandenong Ranges, about an hour’s drive outside of Melbourne in Australia. It was a significant move to make after living in the inner city for 15 years and the main reason we were able to seriously contemplate this move was because of my ability to work flexibly. I couldn't have imagined being able to do this 10 years ago, to retain my corporate role but live the country lifestyle we desired.
Flexible working opens up the opportunity to attract people from different backgrounds, genders, locations and with other interests in life. This in turn creates a more inclusive and diverse workforce - this clearly has benefits for the business but it's also a much more inspiring and enriched workplace for individuals.