Flexibility in the workplace

Flexibility in the workplace allows employers and employees to make arrangements about working conditions that suit them. This helps employees maintain a work/life balance and can help employers improve the productivity and efficiency of their business.

As long as employees are still receiving their minimum entitlements, employers and employees can negotiate ways to make their workplace more flexible. Examples include changing what hours are worked and where work is performed.

There are 2 formal ways employers and employees can make their workplace more flexible:

  • flexible working arrangements - certain employees have the right to request flexible working arrangements
  • individual flexibility agreements - employers and employees can negotiate to change how certain terms in an award, enterprise agreement or other registered agreement apply to them.

Source reference: Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) clauses 65, 144 and 202 external-icon.png

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