26 September 2023

New PS framework for flexible works ahead

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The Public Sector Commission has released a framework outlining how the Public Service will operate under flexible work arrangements.

The new Flex-Connect website confirms the commitment to flexible work and sets out principles to support the successful implementation of flexible and hybrid working arrangements throughout the Queensland public sector.

There are separate pages dealing with Flexible Work for Managers and Flexible Work for Employees to help with understanding the organisational value of flexible work, the types of flexible work, and how to discuss flexible work approaches as a team.

In a statement accompanying the release of Flex-Connect, the Commission said the next-generation workforce was looking to align its values and work-life balance expectations with its workplaces.

“The sector needs to empower employees to design and manage sustainable work systems that offer autonomy and choice in determining what forms of flexibility best suit them, their team, their customers and the organisation,” the statement said.

“Flexibility is a new currency in the workplace and organisations that intentionally foster flexible work can benefit from better engagement, improved talent acquisition and diversity, business continuity and an improvement in their employer brand.”

The Commission said flexible work was not just about working from home and it was not just for office workers. In fact, there were many options available for front-line workers.

Flex-Connect provides information and resources for employees and managers to help guide the development of flexible work approaches and help teams create flexible, collaborative work cultures,” it said.

Further information on Flex-Connect and flexible work in general can be accessed at this PS News link.

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