New Ways of Working or ‘Future Work’ incorporates services designed to promote flexible working and activity-based working arrangements, which are key enablers for a more diverse and inclusive organisation.
With skills in the areas of project management, culture change, and buildings and facilities, Diversity Inclusion provides a holistic service to support organisations seeking to embrace new ways of working, such as activity-based working and flexible working.
Why implement Future Work?
Companies that enable new ways of working are proven to have happier, more engaged and committed employees - and are key to a psychologically healthy workplace. They also play an essential role in attracting and retaining diverse talent. Future Work initiatives such as Activity-based working can also lead to real cost savings and efficiencies for organisations e.g. through a reduction in required real estate.
Who can benefit?
All employees can benefit from New Ways of Working, which enable greater work/ life balance and, in turn, lead to benefits including increased productivity, collaboration and innovation. According to Next Generation Workplaces, a transition to activity-based working can see an increase in employees’ productivity of up to 16 per cent.
Diversity Inclusion’s workplace transitions offering assists organisations to bring employees along for the journey when developing and transitioning to new ways of working, including the uptake of flexible and activity-based working. The program involves consulting with a diverse group of employees within an organisation to understand their needs and challenges (for example through a validated survey measure, focus groups and one-on-ones), before designing solutions.
Diversity Inclusion then formulates a tailored plan with tangible measures that clearly articulates an organisation’s case for change and vision, and determines a timeframe, governance, and project plan and project team.
Policies and Processes
Diversity Inclusion further assists organisations and Managers to implement new ways of working through supporting policies and procedures, including:
- Flexible Working policy creation/review
- Flexible Working Guidelines
Training for Managers
Organisations often implement new ways of working, such as flexible working, without considering the challenges this might create for managers. This training challenges managers to focus on the quality of individuals’ output, rather than time spent visibly in the workplace, and equips them with skills to manage a flexible working team.
Interactive workshops are tailored to the organisation’s needs, and build managers’ skills in areas such as:
- Dealing with flexible working requests;
- Ensuring connectivity in a flexible working team; and
- Measuring outcomes and managing performance.