Greens launch comprehensive Flexible Working Plan to ensure we don’t go back to an outdated, rigid working system


The ACT Greens will today launch a plan to make sure Canberra’s workers can Build a Better Normal in future workplaces. 

The ACT Greens Flexible Working Plan will deliver better work-life balance for ACT public servants and enhance the compatibility between work, personal life and family life.

This initiative aims to provide more flexible work arrangements, including work-from-home, variable hours and reduced hours such as four day weeks.

“To build a better normal, we can’t go back to an outdated, rigid working system that undermines wellbeing, positive work-life balance and gender equality. Instead, we need to carry the positive changes COVID-19 has brought to the way many of us work into the future,” ACT Greens leader Shane Rattenbury said.

“There is strong evidence that this improves wellbeing, quality of life, and helps people to work more effectively and productively.

“In addition, this is about recognising that the old working arrangements do not encourage gender equality in the workplace.  The evidence shows that flexible work arrangements are critical to supporting women to progress through their careers, by facilitating a more equal distribution of caring and domestic work.

“As a model employer in the ACT we expect the ACT Public Service to set the standard for other employers in Canberra.”

Comments attributable to ACT Greens campaign spokesperson for Industrial Relations, Andrew Braddock:

“As a parent and carer, I have experienced first hand the difference flexible work arrangements can make in the daily grind of balancing the competing stresses of work and caring responsibilities.  

“In negotiating a four day week, I became more than a father or an employee - raising our baby twins became part of my day job. I was able to enjoy the benefits of stronger relationships and share their milestones. I was then also able to return for the second half of the working week refreshed and energised.

“Based on my experience I strongly encourage other employees and supervisors to embrace flexible working arrangements where possible.  The benefits to the individual, the workplace, and the community, are priceless.”

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