Four keys to flexible workplaces

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On Flexible Working Day 2017 DCA wanted to take the opportunity to revisit our Future-Flex programs and highlight the four elements of a Future-Flex mindset. 

Truly flexible workplaces where individuals and organisations can flourish take planning and structure as well as a team approach. This involves adopting a Future-Flex mindset with the following defining characteristics:

1. Start with the team

Redesign work at a team level. Rather than just restructuring one person's job to meet their specific needs, consider and consult the team on how team-based flexibility could work in your organisation.

2. Challenge assumptions

Recognise that organisational and team cultures are critical to the success of flexibility at work. Be aware of biases and challenge assumptions about what it means to be flexible, especially in relation to career aspirations, commitment to the team and organisation.

3. Use flexibility as a business tool

Flexible work can boost the well-being and performance of organisations, teams and individuals.  It can provide innovative solutions to improvements in customer service, growth and efficiency.

4. Define flexibility broadly

For flexibility to become standard business practice and the default 'way we do things around here' it needs to be available:

  • For any reason, not simply to care for dependents but for personal development, community involvement and lifestyle reasons
  • To all people, women and men, young and old.
  • Across all types of jobs and at all levels of the organisation
  • In various forms such as flex-time, flex-leave, flex-place and more
  • Formally and informally.

Information on the business case for flexible working as well as the suite of Future-Flex tools and case studies are available to DCA members on our website.

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