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Can You Harness Creative Flexibility For the Future of Frontline Work?
Thinking About Flexibility Differently.
Flexible work isn't just being able to work remotely. A creative approach can unlock the benefits of flex for multiple industries.
Amongst our employer partners, critical industries such as aged care and frontline roles are already excelling in the flexible workspace. Read on for how you can too.
70% of the Australian workforce, or around 9 million workers, are unable to work at home or remotely due to the frontline nature of their roles. 
Experimentation with flexible work arrangements is a necessity, particularly for industries where flex might not be the norm.
Frontline roles like aged care or site/shift-based jobs can't be left behind.
In fact, access to secure flexible work is now a minimum expectation of frontline employees, so understanding how these key roles can be flex is a priority. 
Making flexible work, work.
Even unexpected industries are benefiting from flexible work. Frontline workers needn't miss out on the benefits of flex. Industries such as aged care, shift, and site based roles can be adjusted to fit a flexible model.
Access to secure flexible work is already an employee expectation, so getting creative with flex is a must. Creative strategies include combining roles, designing custom rosters or compressed work weeks.
What can creative flexibility look like?
→ Combining roles to create a flexible alternative is an option for non-traditional flexible roles. For example, combining operational roles with a partial element of remote working.
→ Compressed work weeks (full time in four days)
→ Designing your own roster or having control over the days of work to offer flexibility in roles that might not be considered obviously flexible.
Real life scenarios with creative flexibility:
Sarah is a single mother; she works in an aged care centre that offers her a flexible work roster by giving her the ability to choose her days of work. She selects set days per fortnight when the children are with their dad.
As a single mother, Sarah faces unique challenges in balancing work and family responsibilities. By having control over her work schedule, she can have a fulfilling personal and professional life, and make an income.
This helps the rostering team by having similar arrangements with other staff members. The centre is fully staffed with several roster patterns available.
Alex and Jordan are working parents. Alex is a frontline worker in the energy sector on a compressed work week (working full time hours compressed into 4 days).
Alex is home with the kids every Friday while partner Jordan works part-time, allowing the couple to save on childcare costs, enjoy more quality time and share the household labour.
Access a wider talent pool, by considering creative flexibility.
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 Champions of Change Coalition. (2022). https://championsofchangecoalition.org/resource/flexibility-for-frontline-workers/
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