The flexible work guiding principles

This section outlines the flexible work guiding principles and their meanings.

Flexibility is valued and supported which means:

  • the case for flexibility in schools is understood and supported
  • planning and decision-making occur with an open mind and can-do attitude to flexibility
  • principals apply a strategic and proactive approach to flexible work and employee worklife balance
  • principals use supportive management skills — communication, feedback, mentoring, trust, respect and consistency

Flexibility aligns with the achievement of school outcomes which means:

  • the achievement of school goals is a priority, it must be addressed in flexible work decision-making and work design and scheduling
  • the impact on all stakeholders is understood

Flexibility is a two-way process — considering individual and school needs which means:

  • flexibility requires organisational accountability and individual responsibility
  • leaders put teaching and learning at the heart of decision-making
  • employees take responsibility for positive outcomes in their written proposals and collaborate to make implementation work. Flexibility should not be a barrier to career progression

Flexibility is available to all employees, and decisions are made on a case-by-case basis which means:

  • flexibility for work-life balance is an option for all employees (this includes men, women, school leaders) but case-by-case decisions based on individual, organisational and legal considerations are required
  • an equitable process does not mean that all requests for flexible work will result in the same outcome

Flexibility requires open communication and transparent, fair and sound decision making which means:

  • information on flexible work options is widely circulated
  • an open conversation is critical for evaluation and assessment of requests for flexible work arrangements; however, the final decision rests with the principal
  • documentation of key outcomes from discussions is important to avoid future misunderstandings

Flexibility requires room for review and change which means:

  • flexible arrangements must be able to be altered, to meet changing circumstances in the school or for the employee flexible arrangements need to be regularly reviewed
The flexible work guiding principles - Policy and Guidelines for Flexible Work

Reviewed 03 April 2020

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