23.09.20

SBN’s free guide to flexi-working

By Phil Crawford

Flexi-working has become a household word in New Zealand this year. It's a catch-all term for a wide variety of tools that empower employees to choose their own schedule, such as working remotely, working different hours or days, or working compressed weeks.

The concept of flexi-working has been used successfully around the world for the past 30 years. But it has been a new experience for many Kiwis forced to find new ways of working due to Covid-19 social distancing rules and travel restrictions. And, right now, working from home is also a convenient option for Aucklanders wanting to avoid the traffic chaos caused after the Auckland Harbour Bridge was damaged by a truck crash last week.

A survey by The University of Otago of 2,595 New Zealanders revealed that two-thirds of respondents had never, or only occasionally, worked from home prior to the Covid-19 lockdown at the start of this year. As a result of the experience two-thirds said they wanted to continue working from home either full time, or for several days a week.

So, to help you learn more, we’ve created a brand new Flexi-working Resource that you can download for free. It explains what flexi-working is all about, looks at the pros and cons and provides some guidelines on how to make it work successfully. It also includes studies of businesses that have implemented flexi-working with proven benefits.

Our Flexi-working Resource is supported by Auckland Transport, which says changing the time people travel to and from work and flexi-working will help reduce congestion and could reduce journey times. Traffic congestion creates economic, environmental and social costs. However, if everyone worked from home one day a week traffic could be reduced by 15-20%.

And, new data out from EECA says Kiwis could save more than 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year if some of us worked from home just one day a week.

Download our free Flexi-working Resource.