The pandemic has made the option of flexible working a necessity, rather than a perk, in industries where employees can work from home. Not only does flexible work improve engagement, offer more autonomy, and a better work/life balance, it also opens the door to a more diverse workforce.
“Workplace flexibility makes companies more agile and attractive, enabling a high-performance culture based on behaviours and results, as long as it is part of a wider wellbeing programme,” Dinneen said.
“One of our managers recently shared their experience of encouraging parents in their team to take the morning off to be with their children on the first day of each term, or to attend special moments at school.
“This kind of opportunity eliminates any anxiety from the team about spending important time with family, and it supports a healthy culture in which talented people want to remain.”
Schneider’s approach to flexibility was recognised in this year’s HRD Awards New Zealand, scooping excellence awardee in the Workplace Flexibility Program category.
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