The new F-word – Flexism

Flexism / noun / predjudice or discrimination on the basis of a person’s working status.
 
Synonyms: PREJUDICE, DISCRIMINATION, bias

That’s right, we have all heard about sexism, ageism, racism and now Career Inside Track has defined the term 'flexism'.

Australians are well known and proud of 'working hard to make a living'.  But on the rare occasion when you haven’t been ‘present’ at work, have you felt guilty? Well you’re not alone.

It seems loyalty to work is being ‘seen’ sitting at your desk, and it’s bred a culture of 'presenteeism'.  Eighty per cent of success in life is just showing up, according to Woody Allen.  But increasingly research suggests that in the workplace, this is actually counter productive and perversely costing the economy far more than absenteeism.  

Employees are increasingly seeking jobs that allow them more quality time with family, flexibility to juggle work with caring responsibilities, less stress and a healthier and happier lifestyle.

Not only that, customers these days expect 24/7 service and digital technology is increasingly helping make this possible.  Technology is forcing organisations to take action and embrace the flexible working phenomenon to respond to these changes.

Flexible working is not a new concept.  Unfortunately it still has connotations with certain stereotypes such as ‘working mums’ and people that choose not to ‘work as hard’ as their '9 to 5' colleagues.  Despite this, the facts are clear - flexible working drives increased productivity, including attraction and retention of talent in the workplace.

So if flexible working is a win-win for employers and employees, why don't more people embrace it?

The truth is flexible working arrangements can be difficult to implement - but that is no longer a valid excuse for not moving forward.  We all have a responsibility to call out and do what we can to address the barriers that are holding us back, including tackling flexism head on.

For flexibility at work to benefit everyone, people need to have a flexible mindset, attitude, and approach to work. We need work cultures, structures, processes, roles and job formats that are also flexible.

Flexible Working Day is an opportunity to celebrate, recognise and showcase how flexible working can benefit all employees and employers.

It’s also a day to address flexism by challenging and transforming our own views and thinking about flexible working – in relation to our careers and colleagues, personal and family life, and health and wellbeing.

This Flexible Working Day, utilise the tips, tools and resources to identify what is going to help you 'Flex Work. FullLife.' and TAKE ACTION! 

There’s never been a more exciting time to talk about the benefits of flexible work…  Let’s talk about the good, the bad and the ugly, but more importantly, let’s find solutions that can benefit everyone!  

For further information please visit www.flexibleworkingday.com and #FWDay2017.

Let's #TackleFlexism together!