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Knowledge Share – Flexibility – Making it work for operations

NAWO Knowledge Share Forum. Flexibility - Making it work for operations

“There’s a great opportunity to begin to explore how we create an environment that is safe for people who want to have conversations about flexibility, who want to be flexible, vs. fighting that change.”  – Peter Yobo, PricewaterhouseCoopers

When we think of flexible working we typically think of ‘working remotely’ or ‘starting late’ and ‘finishing early’. As a result, flexible work practices are typically only afforded to office workers. Many ask themselves ‘How can you give an operations employee flexibility when they do shiftwork, operate a machine, and get paid by the hour?’

The benefits of flexible working are widely established including reduced absenteeism, increase productivity and enhanced employee engagement and loyalty.

With many production organisations comprised of majority operations employees, why haven’t we focused on this group of employees more? Is it just too hard? Is it because the majority of operations employees are men and we don’t think they are interested?

Join us for this NAWO Knowledge Share Forum, facilitated by Louise Weine – National Director of NAWO, and hosted by News Corp Australia to discuss:

  • What is the business case for operations employees and flexible work?
  • What are the barriers inhibiting operations employees accessing flexible work arrangements and how can we overcome them?
  • Types of flexible work arrangements for operations employees in consideration of work practices and industrial constraints
  • How can NAWO better support organisations to implement flexible work practices


‘Flexibility – Making it work for operations’ NAWO Knowledge Share Forum

Subject: Flexibility – Making it work for operations

Host: News Corp Australia

Date: Tuesday 21 August 2018

Time: 11.30am – 2pm (event) 2pm – 3pm (site tour)

Location: Brisbane Print Centre, Cnr Creek & Lytton Roads, Murarrie QLD 4172

Facilitators: Louise Weine


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NAWO Knowledge Share Forums are member-only events limited to 12 participants – 1 per NAWO member organisation – who are passionate about driving diversity strategies forward in their organisations. The forums are designed to inspire the co-creation of pragmatic actions that will make a difference in the topic area by:

  • providing an opportunity to share and discuss research findings
  • identifying key learnings and points for discussion
  • sharing initiatives that participating NAWO members have implemented – what works, what doesn’t
  • identifying ideas that all participants can take forward and develop further in their own organisations

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