Diversity Council Australia has urged Australian workplaces to use flexibility as a business tool to help with continuity in the face of disruptions due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
DCA CEO, Lisa Annese, said “In the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, organisations are looking at how they can best respond to ensure business continuity as well as the safety of their staff and clients.
“More and more workplaces are considering the impact of potential staff quarantines on their business and turning to flexible working, including working from home.
“DCA has a number of tools available that can help organisations support (and embed) flexible work, as well as communicate in an inclusive and respectful way.
“For example, DCA’s Future-Flex tools can help businesses whether they are getting started on flexibility, moving to an ‘all roles flex model’, or wanting to make flexible work the default for your business.
“Our guides treat flexibility as a business tool. It is a new approach that involves having employees and managers work together to come up with team-based flexibility solutions, rather than managers doing this in isolation or with just one employee,” said Lisa.
Lisa Annese also called on organisations to consider their messaging around coronavirus, to ensure that it is inclusive.
“Unfortunately, since the COVID-19 outbreak, we have seen instances of stigma and discrimination directed towards people on the basis of their race or appearance.
“Now more than ever is a time for workplaces to ensure that we are inclusive and respectful in the way we speak to each other at work,” added Lisa.
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