Jill Skromanis

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I work 90% full time equivalent and have the benefit of picking my children up from school twice a week and spending time during these afternoons to be there for homework, activities and catching up about the day.

I also have flexibility to work from home; I do this every Friday, and can do on other days when suitable for the work activity that I am doing. My work requires some quiet time for thinking and planning, and I find the quiet and peace of home with some beautiful music in the background and my pup by my side to be a great space for this. My team is based in Melbourne and Sydney and our work crosses Australia, NZ and part of Asia - so our work practices already involve video conferencing; our laptops are setup for this. We can therefore be mobile and work from anywhere provided we have secure internet connection.

It's great to be able to mix in some personal appointments with work activity - with focus on deliverables and outcomes. Some of my best thinking time happens when I am hanging washing up outside in the sunshine during a 10 min break from the laptop!

I am truly appreciative of the opportunity to be able to work flexibly.

Justine Whitaker

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The future of work, will demand an ability to connect, collaborate and then to deliver by working along side others that we may not see in person day to day. Returning to Christchurch, from Sydney, I continue to deliver on my global portfolio but from my home office in Scarborough. Working flexibly has allowed me to be more creative, more productive and to better integrate priorities in both my professional and personal lives. My thanks go to Gillian Folkes for her willingness to experiment and to Jacki Johnson for her support. I would encourage everyone to commence their own experiment with working flexibly - it can and does benefit everyone !

Heather Denman

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Flexible working is about giving the best working options to people so they can be their best at work. As Customer Inclusion Manager at IAG, and as someone who lives in the Southern Highlands south of Sydney (I'm writing this from my home office), flexible working allows me to be committed to a role I love while looking after my own wellbeing and my family. But flexible working also gives our team a way to think differently about how we do things, where and when we work best. Not to sugar coat it - flexible working can have some challenges - but it also has great rewards. In a world that is changing and constantly requires us to have new and different skills, flexible working is now a standard way of working.