Flex Able Certification
How can you tell which employer is truly walking the talk?
At WORK180 we’re all about making it easy for women to find organisations where they can thrive.
Companies with the most engaged workforces offer flexibility and are focused on creating an inclusive culture where the reason for needing flexibility does not matter.
Whether it’s for those with caring commitments, health reasons, sporting interests, or even for people looking for an alternative to retirement, flexible working arrangements benefit everyone.
Hear from Kelly Kirby from Atlassian on what flexibility means to her:
Our Flex Able Certification is awarded to organisations after a careful examination of when, where and how the company's employees work to ensure flexible work options are a reality.
What is the criteria for organisations to become Flex Able Certified?
The purpose of the WORK180 Flex Able Certification is to allow employers that walk the talk on flexible working to differentiate themselves from other employers and be easily identifiable to job seekers who value flexible working arrangements.
The Flex Able Certification is an annual audit process based on evidence of the following:
- The CEO and senior leadership team support flexible working. The tone at the top is a key driver for the implementation and uptake of flexible working throughout an organisation.
- A number of flexible working arrangements are on offer and are supported throughout the organisation. We recognise flexibility means different things to individuals and there are many forms of both formal and informal flexible working arrangements.
- Flexible working is promoted to employees so they are aware it is available to everyone and their career will not be limited by using it.
- Managers are supported in their management of flexible work arrangements.
Flex Able Certified Employers
What are the Business Benefits of Flexibility?
In an Australian survey commissioned by Airtasker, 38% of those surveyed indicated that flexibility was more important to them than pay when looking for work. The study also found 81.5% of people surveyed agreed that the traditional employment model of the 9am to 5pm office job was inflexible for the needs of workers of today.
Research by PwC further reinforces the economic benefits of flexible working. It found that increasing the employment rate of women in Australia to match that of Sweden, for example, could result in a GDP boost of about $162 billion at today's values over the long run.
The savings brought about by flexible working come from increased productivity, reduced real estate costs, lower turnover and increased innovation. Despite this, less than 50% of non-public sector organisations with over 100 employees offer and support flexible work. The issue is, many organisations claim to offer flexibility, but don’t actually walk the talk.
Become Flex Able Certified
Flex Able Certified employers stand out by positioning themselves as providing a truly flexible environment and candidates are assured they’re able to discuss working flexibly upfront at the interview stage. We’ve had tremendous results for corporate clients, in particular in non-traditional industries who have been transparent about how they support women’s careers- the Flex Able certification is for those who place a strong focus on flexibility in addition to being an employer of choice for women.
To check if you qualify to be Flex Able Certified, please fill in the form and we’ll get back to you.