At Autopia, we firmly believe flexibility is not just some new age employee perk, but a fundamental strategic imperative in today’s modern world.
In the words of our Executive General Manager, Greg Parkes, we know that “to engage the hearts and minds of our people, we must accept that ‘life happens’, and that we can make work fit around life. It’s not just about parents with kids; it’s about employees with ageing relatives, drivers with long commutes, people that have other commitments outside of work, the list goes on. It’s about life, of which work is just one part.”
For this reason, we are pleased to join DCC Flexible Working Ambassador program, which is administered by Diverse City Careers (DCC) – a social enterprise focused on closing the gender gap across workplaces.
As part of our partnership with DCC, Autopia will also support DCC’s Flexible Working Week Campaign, which will take part from 19-23 June 2017. The aim of this campaign is to raise the profile of employers who are truly supportive of flexible working arrangements and to drive conversations within workplaces where staff can feel comfortable to discuss flexible working arrangements with their employer.
“to engage the hearts and minds of our people, we must accept that ‘life happens’, and that we can make work fit around life.”
During DCC flexible working week we’ll encourage staff to try ‘just one thing’ that helps them achieve greater work/life balance (e.g. start late to drop the kids at school, leave early to attend a yoga class). We’ll share everyone’s initiatives and look to make these part of ‘the way we work’ in the future.
Recent research by DCC shows that gender neutral policies attracted the highest proportion of consensus across all survey respondents. “Women are not asking for special treatment,” explained Valeria Ignatieva, DCC cofounder. “When an organisation is truly inclusive, employees can feel like they belong and this is clearly visible at Autopia. Flexible working is available to everyone, regardless of their circumstances and is supported right from the top by Greg Parkes- an ideal approach to creating a culture of trust.”
DCC is a social enterprise focused on supporting women to pursue rewarding careers across a variety of sectors. Through our jobs board, we pre-screen employers on paid parental leave, pay equity, flexible working arrangements and much more. This information is not publicly listed elsewhere and is an essential tool for women when assessing employers. Due to our targeted approach, companies attract talented female candidates with a much higher success rate than traditional methods. We have delivered outstanding results for our clients which include the likes of Accenture, Deloitte, BHP, Atlassian, Clayton Utz, CBA, UTS, Swinburne, AustralianSuper, Thales, AECOM, Caltex, Minter Ellison and Government Departments in addition to SMEs.
To find out more about Autopia’s thought leadership agenda, and access all our diversity, inclusion and flexibility resources, please visit our resources centre.