Flex­i­ble ap­proach to keep key staff on board

Em­ploy­ers are go­ing to great lengths to keep their highly skilled staff, re­ports CareerOne Edi­tor Cara Jenkin.

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FLY-IN, fly-out roles are tak­ing on a new mean­ing for em­ploy­ees in cor­po­rate work­places in a trend that sees em­ploy­ers work hard to re­tain skilled staff and over­come skill short­ages.

Of­fice work­ers who are mov­ing in­ter­state for per­sonal rea­sons and are un­will­ing to leave their em­ployer are be­ing al­lowed to work from home in an­other state.

They are then flown to the of­fice for face-to-face meet­ings and other re­quire­ments at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals, such as once a month.

The mea­sures also help pre­vent a brain drain from South Aus­tralia when skilled staff need to leave the state for rea­sons rang­ing from hav­ing to sup­port sick rel­a­tives to fol­low­ing part­ners who move else­where for their ca­reers.

Work­ing from a re­mote lo­ca­tion is not a new con­cept, with many cor­po­rate staff al­ready tak­ing ad­van­tage of tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments by us­ing of­fice lap­tops and mo­bile phones to con­duct their tasks from home.

Fu­sion is one of the first com­pa­nies in South Aus­tralia to al­low a staff mem­ber to work from their in­ter­state home.

It flies se­nior de­vel­oper Thu Trinh from Mel­bourne to Ade­laide once a month for up to a week for face-to-face tasks and to net­work and strengthen re­la­tion­ships with co­work­ers.

Ms Trinh ini­tially re­signed from her job be­cause her part­ner moved to Mel­bourne as part of his work.

But di­rec­tor Gavin Klose said it would have been a loss for the com­pany and be­cause she still pre­ferred to stay in her role, they made ar­range­ments to cater for her spe­cial cir­cum­stances.

He says the ini­tia­tive has en­sured the busi­ness keeps her skills and ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant to us to sat­isfy peo­ple in their work and work en­vi­ron­ment,’’ he says.

He says much of the com­pany’s work­ing plat­forms are on tech­nol­ogy such as in­ter­nal email, in­for­ma­tion and mes­sag­ing sys­tems, which makes it easy to ac­com­mo­date staff who need to work re­motely.

Ms Trinh uses com­puter mes­sag­ing soft­ware and Skype to com­mu­ni­cate with co-work­ers through­out the work day from her home of­fice.

‘‘Apart form that, ev­ery­thing is the same in terms of the work on the com­puter,’’ she says.

‘‘I con­nect into the net­work and I can ac­cess the files like I used to at the of­fice.’’

She says she does miss the so­cial as­pects, such as the ca­ma­raderie with other staff, but it is an ar­range­ment that helps fur­ther her work and ca­reer.

‘‘In some re­spects it’s bet­ter be­cause I don’t get as much in­ter­rup­tions and it’s qui­eter,’’ she says. ‘‘I was quite ap­pre­cia­tive that they have done this for me and I get to stay with a great com­pany.’’

Pic­ture: Tri­cia Watkin­son

Thu Trinh’s em­ployer, Fu­sion, was so keen to keep her it now flies her from Mel­bourne to Ade­laide once a month.

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