Workplace flexibility allows for creative conversations to take place about the nature of work and how it is performed. As an employer, it’s about allowing employees to work in an environment where they feel most empowered to do their best work.

Workplace flexibility comes in many forms:  

  • the flexibility of role - how a role is performed or divided
  • the flexibility of place - working from alternative locations
  • the flexibility of work schedule - working flexible hours
  • and the flexibility of leave - supporting flexible leave arrangements.

It can occur in different ways:

  • ad hoc or temporary flexibility - for example, adjusted hours to meet personal needs temporarily
  • regular flexibility - for example, working from home every Wednesday, or
  • a formal flexibility arrangement - for example, permanent part time working.

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Types of flexibility

“All of my direct reports at any one time are balancing school pick-ups and drop-offs. Life happens - work is what happens around life.”

Barbara Chapman, Champion and CEO ASB



“I personally prefer the term work-life integration, where it’s more of a blend of career and personal activities throughout a work day. For example, 1.5 hours at the gym at lunchtime, going to a kid’s event that afternoon or picking them up from school, and then making up the time later in the evening. That’s flexibility.”  

Jason Walker, Champion and Managing Director, Hays