Our teams are choosing to work smarter not harder

1 Jun 2019
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Oac Glebe Director Melissa Angeles shares how, with the implementation of flexible work arrangements, she now has a happier, healthier and more productive team.

Oac Glebe Director Melissa Angeles shares how, with the implementation of flexible work arrangements, she now has a happier, healthier and more productive team.

What flexible work arrangements have you implemented within your team?

We have 4 team members taking on Shared Educator roles (these are across Redfern, North Parramatta and Croydon Park) and a number of team members moving to part-time hours.

How have your team members benefited from this flexibility?

The Shared Educator role has provided learning opportunities across campuses and enabled team members to work closer to home, giving them more time at home with their families. For those moving to part-time, they now have more time for their studies and are feeling less stressed.

How were your team members supported in their change to the Shared Educator role?

They trialled working across both campuses, spending time meeting the team, orientating themselves with the campus and beginning to build relationships with the children. We engaged in regular check-ins to ensure a smooth transition. The teams at both campuses were supportive and welcoming of the Shared Educator role.

What would you say to others considering flexible work options?

If team members are given the opportunity to work in a way that helps them balance their work and life commitments it can only be positive. We will have more motivated and happier team members, resulting in less turnover and improved campus operations.