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#FWDay2017 Media - Articles & Radio Interviews

Work can be a pain and it needs a cure

30 June 2017, by Sean Parnell

"Work takes up the bulk of our waking life for most of us. It is one of the reasons we get up in the morning and one of the reasons we go to bed. We talk with our loved ones, friends and colleagues about achieving a work-life balance, and whether we work to live or live to work. It is no surprise, then, that work affects health and vice versa (being unemployed and wanting to work is worse)."


Flexible Working is a Win-Win

23 June 2017, by Wendy Williams

“We’re not saying that everybody needs to turn their workday on its head. If you were to come in an hour later one day a week because you want to go to the gym or go to your child’s reading group, versus actually you would be more productive to work earlier or later or five days in fours days. We’re wanting people to have the space today to have a discussion with their employer but also with themselves and at home with their family to say: ‘Life is chaotic, there is no such thing as balance, how can we use work and our lives to get what we want’."


The perception problem with flexible work needs addressing, now

22 June 2017, by Vanessa Vanderhoek (first published in Women's Agenda)

"It’s not that organisations don’t engage flexible working policies. If you dig a little, most offer traditional flexible options such as part-time hours and carers leave. Sure they could do a lot better, but it’s a start. What’s really concerning is the negative stigma associated with working flexibly."


It's Australia's first ever Flexible Working Day!

21 June 2017, hosted by Gareth Parker

Flexible Working Day founder, Vanessa Vanderhoek, talked on Mornings with Gareth Parker Perth Talk Radio 6PR about Australia's first ever Flexible Working Day. 


Let's celebrate Australia's first ever Flexible Working Day!

21 June 2017,  hosted by Lyrella Cochrane (3pm)

Flexible Working Day founder, Vanessa Vanderhoek, talked on the Afternoon Program with Lyrella Cochrane ABC Radio Darwin and the Northern Territory about Australia's first ever Flexible Working Day. 


How to have a conversation about flexible working today

20 June 2017, by Bianca Healy

"Since GM Holden moved to full-company flexible working over the past five years, things have looked a bit different around the office. “You see kids in the office; you see dogs in the office,” says Ashley Winnett, executive director – people, performance and culture, GM Holden."


The perception problem with flexible work needs addressing, TODAY

21 June 2017, by Flexible Working Day founder Vanessa Vanderhoek

"One of the biggest remarks I hear all the time is, ‘flexible work is just for working mothers.’ This is often followed up by an eye-roll and a furtive glance towards the nearest exit.  And here-in lies the biggest obstacle to flexible work and thus gender equity. Mindset."


Research uncovers flexible work failings; Manager's "blatant" nepotism revealed; and more

21 June 2017, by Alicia McCarty

"Nearly half of employees believe managers lack the skills to support workplace flexibility, according to research released today, which shows Australian workplaces "still have a long way to go" in this space."


Do you suffer flexism? If you work from home you might have experienced it

21 June 2017, by Flexible Working Day Ambassador Nicole Lessio

"Have you heard of flexism?  It’s a new term being used to describe the discrimination and prejudice people experience on the basis of their working status. At least, that’s what the team behind Australia’s inaugural Flexible Working Day says."


Make work a thing you do rather than a place you go

21 June 2017, by Angela Priestley Flexible Working Day Ambassador

"I look forward to the day when we don’t call it ‘flexible working’, it’s just ‘working’. A day  when the ‘precedent’ for working flexibly has well and truly already been set.


Bendigo families' flexible work arrangements in spotlight

20 June 2017, by Mark Kearney

"An initiative of careers coaching company Career Inside Track, the day seeks to banish what organisers call ‘flexism’, when nine-to-five colleagues think those on flexible arrangements do not work as hard."


Australians still too flexible with flexibility

20 June 2017, by Jack Walden

"The report, prepared by Career Inside Track, aims to support a conversation among Australian employees and employers from private, government and non-profit sectors as part of the first-ever national Flexible Working Day, with participants taking the opportunity to assess their FlexWork maturity level, discuss the benefits of flexible work practices and share their own stories of flexibility."
 


Flexible Working Day Launches in Australia

19 June 2017, by Vanessa Vanderhoek

We shared our story with our friends at 1 Million for Work Flexilbity in the USA. "Australia is a fascinating place to live. On one hand, we have a slew of government policies that support workers to negotiate flexible working arrangements, and on the other, a range of studies highlighting the negative stigma associated with working flexibly."


advocating for flexible working arrangements

12 June 2017, hosted by Mitchell Dye

Flexible Working Day founder Vanessa Vanderhoek spoke to Mitchell’s Front Page, from the The Pulse 94.7FM about the day.


HOW FLEXIBLE ARE AUSTRALIANS? FIND OUT WEDNESDAY

5 June 2017, by Jack Walden

"For 24 hours, Australian employees and employers from private, government and non-profit sectors will be encouraged to assess their FlexWork maturity level, discuss the benefits of flexible work practices and share their own stories of flexibility – the good and the bad – as part of the first ever national discussion on this important topic."


It’s time to celebrate flexible work

14 June 2017, by Flexible Working Day founder Vanessa Vanderhoek

"Flexible Working Day founder Vanessa Vanderhoek shares her story and why she founded the day." 


Senior leaders get flexible

5 June 2017, by Jack Walden

"More than a dozen senior leaders from corporate, government and non-profit organisations across Australia have already pledged their support for the first-ever ‘Flexible Working Day’ on Wednesday 21 June 2017 by signing up as official ambassadors."


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Mornings with Jenny Marchant | 1233 ABC Newcastle

5 June 2017, hosted by Jenny Marchant

Are flexible working conditions something you would consider to ease the stress on everyone (in your family)?  Flexible Working Day founder, Vanessa Vanderhoek, talks to Jenny Marchant all about it.


Half of Australia’s workers would sacrifice salary to be allowed to work from home

3 June 2017, by Melanie Burgess

"A survey by Career Inside Track reveals about nine in 10 managers and employees believe flexible work improves staff loyalty, morale and job satisfaction.  About the same portion believe it helps employees balance their career with family and personal goals, enables higher attraction and retention, and creates a more diverse workplace."

This article was also featured in the Careers section of The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, The Courier-Mail and The Advertiser.


Vanessa Vanderhoek is making flexibility work

18 May 2017, by Clare Conroy

"Vanessa Vanderhoek is a Canberra-based executive coach and facilitator, volunteer Psychological First Aid Officer, keen runner and mum (and step-mum) to three kids. Through her coaching and consultancy practice Career Inside Track she’s passionate about supporting employers and employees to make flexible work work. Vanessa believes that while there has been a lot of talk about flexible work for some time now and despite the great work done by some organisations, it’s not a reality for many people who struggle to achieve this in their workplaces."


Australian employees say flexibility is key to loyalty

16 May 2017, by Jack Walden

"Australians are more likely to remain loyal employees when they have access to flexible working arrangements, according to data from a new survey being released in the lead up to the first-ever ‘Flexible Working Day’ on Wednesday 21 June 2017."