Flexibility in the workplace

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Our easy-to-use checklist helps small business employers:

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  • change employees’ working arrangements if needed.

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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. Learn more at Flexible working arrangements.

Individual flexibility arrangements

Employers and employees can negotiate to change how certain terms apply in:

Go to Individual flexibility arrangements.

Source reference: Fair Work Act 2009 s.65, 144 and 202 external-icon.png

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