Aussies green light flex­i­ble work­ing – but only if it doesn’t hin­der their ca­reer

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Northeast Jobs -

AN over­whelm­ing 94 per cent of Aus­tralians would pre­fer to work flex­i­bly if it didn’t dis­ad­van­tage their ca­reer.

In a web­site pollby re­cruit­ing ex­perts Hays, just three per cent of 3248 skilled pro­fes­sion­als sur­veyed said flex­i­ble work­ing isn’t on their list of pri­or­i­ties.

The fi­nal three per cent said they would not work flex­i­bly be­cause the fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions would be too great.

"There is great con­cern amongst Australia’s work­ing pop­u­la­tion that tak­ing up flex­i­bly will be a hand­i­cap on their ca­reer,” says Nick Deli­gian­nis, man­ag­ing direc­tor of Hays in Australia and New Zealand.

“From slower pro­mo­tional path­ways to less ac­cess to learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment, a low pro­file within the or­gan­i­sa­tion and even a loss of sta­tus, there is a feel­ing that the ca­reer of em­ploy­ees who work flex­i­bly can suf­fer,” he said.

A separate sur­vey of 842 Aus­tralians shows the po­ten­tial im­pact of work­ing flex­i­bly on a ca­reer is seen to be greater for women than men; 65 per cent said it is a ca­reer-lim­it­ing move for women, higher than the 51 per cent who said it is for men.

“Flex­i­ble work­ing shouldn’t come with any ca­reer lim­i­ta­tions,” says Nick. “Of­ten th­ese are the re­sult of an em­ployer or line man­ager mak­ing as­sump­tions about the ca­reer mo­ti­va­tions of the em­ployee con­cerned.

“But each per­son is unique, with her or his own mo­ti­va­tions and ca­reer goals.

“We should take the time to un­der­stand what those are so that any un­con­scious bias doesn’t have ca­reer con­se­quences for any­one work­ing flex­i­bly.

“Of course, there are many jobs that re­quire peo­ple to be based in the of­fice or on a work site, but for those that aren’t re­stricted to a par­tic­u­lar lo­ca­tion, flex­i­ble work­ing ar­range­ments with­out ca­reer con­se­quences can have a huge im­pact on staff re­ten­tion.”

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