flexible work

Martha Lourey-Bird

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Martha is an exercise scientist with over 20 years’ experience in the academic, corporate and training sectors. She is sought after as a scientific advisor and for her talent as a health and wellbeing presenter. She’s also an engaging, inspiring sports coach and, with a Masters degree in Sports Science, an award-winning University lecturer. Her mission is to make exercise accessible for ‘every body’ and flexible work assists this greatly.
"Flexible working is something I am passionate about both personally (as a working mum) and professionally (as an exercise scientist). If we allow people time within their work day to be physically active, every body wins." 
Staff that exercise regularly are less likely to take sick leave, recover quicker when they do, have more strategies for coping with stress and anxiety and enjoy better sleep and less back pain. They’ve also been shown to be more productive during the working day.
For tips and tricks on how to fit more activity into your work day visit http://www.marthaloureybird.com.au/workplace-wellness/

David Pich

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My first leadership role was at Hewlett-Packard in the UK in the very early 90s. Back then HP led the way in terms of what might be termed ‘progressive corporate culture’. The legendary HP Way wasn’t just a document that gathered dust on the desks of HP’s management, it was a cultural approach that recognised the importance of sound leadership in the achievement of business strategy. As a young HR Manager, I was star-struck by the HP Way! It represented my first exposure to rather alien concepts like office-free workplaces, management by walking around, cascading communication and, of course, flexible working. 

I saw – and experienced – firsthand the positive impact that flexible working had on employee satisfaction and motivation, and of course, on business outcomes. I became and remain a huge advocate. 

Of course, much has changed in the workplace over the 30-odd years since my days at Hewlett-Packard. But what has remained constant is my view that sound leadership is grounded on the understanding of what drives individual employees. One size doesn’t fit all, and this applies to the working day (or night!) and the location, environment and hours that offer the best opportunity for our staff to do and be their best. 

In my own case, I find the idea of rigid working conditions really quite horrifying! I’m an out and proud morning person. Give me a 4am start and an early finish and I’m at my very best. 

The Institute of Managers and Leaders advocates for intentional leadership, and a key aspect of this is the creation of a healthy corporate culture, and flexibility lies at the very heart of this.

David Jordan

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David is an energetic and passionate executive who’s personal brand message is simple, “I love helping others achieve what they are passionate about”. He has had the privilege of leading teams throughout the retail and franchising sector for the past 15 years.

Whether it be through his current role as Divisional General Manager for the Costa group where he has more than 3000 team members to lead or the various board positions he holds, his approach to flexible working has remained consistent.

“Great people make great companies. We must recognise and appreciate that flexibility in the workplace, wherever possible should be embraced. It shows our people that we trust, care for and want to genuinely ensure that they are able to find balance and achieve a happy and healthy medium. It is our privileged responsibility as leaders to create and environment in which our people thrive and flexibility within the workplace is one of those critical pillars”