Offering flexible work-life balance initiatives in your workplace may assist you in retaining your current workforce and may greatly expand your available pool of potential employees.
Employees are seeking greater flexibility to balance diverse work and life choices. If one employer can’t meet their needs they will look for another that can.
(Heysman, M, 2007, ‘Engaging Gen Y’,
HR Monthly, Australian Human Resources Institute, July, pg. 48–51)
For more information on a range of flexible work strategies to improve the work-life balance of your employees visit the Department of Commerce
Flexible Workplaces website and the
Better Workplace Guide for Small Business publication.
On the Flexible Workplaces website you can find useful information about, for example:
work-life initiatives and how/why to implement flexible work strategies;
workplace flexibility ideas for mature age employees;
strategies for achieving pay equity in Western Australia and improving the gender pay gap.
Before introducing any flexible work strategies that may change your working hours and leave provisions, check your legal obligations under the relevant state or national modern award.
If you don’t know which award applies to your business, call Wageline on 1300 655 366 and they can assist you to determine your employment obligations.
For additional information about legal obligations you can visit the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 or visit