Thinking about flexible work? Essential resources for the post-COVID workplace
From Friday 26 March, Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions will ease further, and more Victorians will be returning to office-based working. Workers have been clear about their desire to continue incorporating flexibility into the way they work – in our recent survey, 85 per cent of workers said they hoped to access flexible work in the future. Employers are facing an important opportunity to advance gender equality and embrace flexible work in the post-COVID workplace.
25 March 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed and exacerbated existing gender inequality at work, including in employee entitlements and pay
and how our community values feminised and unpaid labour. At the peak of the pandemic, we surveyed and interviewed Victorian workers aged 18+ years, who are parents, carers and/or have a disability, to better understand how COVID-19 transformed approaches to flexible work and how any lessons can be applied to support greater workplace equality.
As workers and employers prepare for the return to office-based working, we know a lot of people are thinking about flexible work. Here are some resources for the post-COVID workplace:
Snapshot: Rebuilding flexible workplaces – Lessons for the post-COVID workplace
This snapshot report looks at workers’ desire for flexible work, the common barriers people face, and how workplaces can embed flexible work arrangements as business-as-usual into the future.
Snapshot: Supporting gender equality – Lessons for the post-COVID workplace
This snapshot report looks at the gendered impacts of the pandemic, the experiences of parents and carers, and how employers can prioritise gender equality in the period ahead.
Flexible work request planner
If you’re thinking of requesting a flexible work arrangement, this chatbot can step you through the process. It will help you understand your rights, how to map out an arrangement that will work for you and your employer, and how to make your request. For employers, it offers advice on legal obligations and how to properly consider employees’ requests.
If you have further questions about flexible work and your rights, contact our Enquiry Line in 1300 292 153.