Future-Flex: Mainstreaming Flexibility By Team Design


Future-Flex: Mainstreaming flexibility by TEAM design specifically addresses the need for a team focus when implementing flexibility in the workplace.

These guidelines were developed for employers across all sectors of the economy, organisations and emphasise the need to move away from ad hoc arrangements for individuals and towards involving their teams to redesign work.

Managers and employees in Australian organisations are struggling to implement flexibility in ways that actually improve performance and wellbeing, with a critical stumbling block being a failure to redesign work with the team.  

These guidelines recommend:

  • Reviewing the components of all team members jobs (e.g. tasks, duties, responsibilities, location, timing), rather than just one individual employees.
  • 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.

The Mainstreaming Flexibility by TEAM design approach

This research takes a four step approach to embedding flexibility through TEAM job design.

  1. Starts with the team.
  2. Challenges assumptions.
  3. Uses flexibility as a business tool.
  4. Defines flexibility broadly

The guide also includes case studies, checklists and other resources to enable organisations to make the switch to Future-Flex.

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The suggested citation for this report is:

Diversity Council Australia (Russell, G. and OLeary, J.) Future-Flex: Mainstreaming Flexibility By Team Design, Sydney, Diversity Council Australia, 2017.

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