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Flexible work

'Across Australia there is a growing demand for more flexible work arrangements'.

Managing in a Flexible Work Environment, Australian Institute of Management

Providing flexible work options maximises participation at work and increases productivity.

The ability to attract, engage and retain a diverse workforce is becoming more critical to organisational success. Workers need to have choices about how and when they work to maximise their participation and contribution. Similarly, organisations need to find ways to retain the skills, corporate knowledge and talents of workers to achieve corporate objectives.

Implementing flexible arrangements can bring the following benefits:

  • Allow workers to balance work and life commitments, including caring responsibilities, volunteering, study and recreational pursuits, and avoid long and costly commutes.
  • Offer greater control for workers over where and how they work, and improvements to health, wellbeing, satisfaction and engagement.
  • Reduce absenteeism, employee turnover and premature retirement.
  • Attract valuable workers.
  • Improve workplace productivity, financial performance and client service.
  • Improve employee creativity and organisational innovation.
  • Improve workforce participation rates1.

For more information:

What is flexible work? explains the broad range of flexible work options available.

Designing flexible work arrangements offers advice on how to make flexibility part of your organisation's solution.

Implementing flexible work practices provides tips and advice for managers and supervisors.

Negotiating flexible work arrangements provides advice for workers seeking more flexibility at work.

Australian Institute of Management - White Paper - Managing in a flexible work environment

APSC - Human Capital Matters 7: Flexible work

  1. Australian Institute of Management, Managing in a flexible work environment, Australian Institute of Management NSW & ACT, Sydney, 2012, viewed 28 August 2013,
Page last updated: 14 Mar 2017