It is now “incumbent on leaders” to enable “flexible work opportunities, other than remote work, for 70 per cent of the Australian workforce”, the report says.
Flexible working arrangements have “immediate benefits” for frontline workers, are crucial for advancing gender equality, and should be a long-term strategy for workforce sustainability, the report says.
“To advance gender equality flexible practices need to be designed to be relevant to all genders,” he said.
What does flexibility for frontline workers look like?
With this in mind, Champions of Change says it is incumbent on leaders to offer flexible opportunities other than remote work for frontline workers, including options for flexible rosters, shift swapping, job shares, compressed work weeks, split shifts and multi-skilling.
“Not all types of flexibility are ideal for every role but greater flexibility is nearly always achievable.”