Twenty years ago, it was common for women to have to leave the workforce and give up careers when they decided to have children. We’ve all heard stories of decades prior to this, where women simply weren’t allowed to have certain jobs once they married! The great news is that we’ve come so far as a society and in Australia, the workforce is diverse.
Today, employees are often mature age, people more aware of the delicate balance between work and life, and many are also carers with the responsibility of elderly parents, or children.
For employers to ignore the needs of such a big chunk of the workforce would be an idea detrimental to the success of an organisation. Employers more often than not, simply cannot afford constantly dealing with high turnovers of employees and having to continuously recruit and train new staff.
Enter the flexible workplace…where employers get on board or are left in the dark ages!
Changes in society and the increasing demands of employees for greater workplace flexibility has in effect, forced the hand of many employers – both private and public sector. These days, employees actively seek job opportunities that afford them flexible work arrangements including:
- Flexible rosters;
- Flexible work start and finish times;
- Flexible arrangements for leave;
- Regular part-time work;
- Rostered days off;
- Working from home;
- Compressed working weeks, e.g. nine day fortnights; and
By adopting such flexible measures in the workplace, employers attract a greater number of quality applicants for jobs and they have a far easier time keeping the staff they work hard to attract. This saves valuable time and money for employers, and at the same time, staff are happy!
As you know, happy staff makes a happy workplace and that all contributes to a greater bottom line – which is welcome news for any workplace!
Finding a job opportunity affording flexible work arrangements
Employers offering such attractive work conditions will proudly state the fact in job advertisements. After all, such conditions are an incredibly positive drawcard for would-be employers in the eyes of job seekers. Pay close attention to the wording of job advertisements, to determine whether or not the employer is likely to offer such flexible work arrangements.