Kim Grady goes Gourmet Roaming!

Kim has made the incredible decision to leap into the not yet chartered territory of being her own getaway reporter… well sort of… she gets to choose the destination, the script, and the menu!  Having worked her way up the career ladder at an awesome speed, she got to the top, looked around and felt the need to feed a different passion. This chat covers how this farmer’s daughter (then a ski instructor, lawyer, tour guide, general manager and the rest) came to the decision to test out the new world of work… what else is out there that might feed (literally and figuratively) her passion for food, wine, and travel…

There is so very much to love about her story, so much to be inspired by, and so much fun to follow. Enjoy the chat, and find out more at:

http://www.gourmetroaming.com 

Skye Hart – Our Flexibility Guru

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We had the pleasure of interviewing an amazing General Manager who has implemented flexible working practices with her whole team.  Yep, she’s adopted a one in all in approach and best of all, she agreed to come on our PodCast.

Now Skye Hart is not her real name, but to protect confidentiality and commercial sensitivities we had to use an alias, and Skye Hart is what we came up with – who said being creative wasn’t one of our strong suits???

Skye Hart is married with 3 children, GM in a major global organisation and she agreed to talk with us about how her and husband manage their parenting, career and personal pursuits and it was great to hear.

Skye has a beautiful nature, has some great insights and very considered way in which she works.  We were thoroughly blessed to have so much insight, information and tips on how to make flexibility work in the workplace.

We hope you enjoy our chat with Skye as much as we enjoyed having her on!

Working from Home & Employee Trust: What’s the Problem?

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This is a very interesting read.  One of my constant findings as we delve into the world of finding the balance between our professional and personal lives, is employers distrust their employees.  This article highlights some really interesting points about how business needs to adopt the way different people work.

It’s not about presenteeism, it’s about results, output and delivery of business requirements.  Employees who are known to business seem to have better results in obtaining flexible working arrangements.  But if you’re re-engaging in the workplace, how do you manage your flexible working arrangements as a negotiation tool?

How is your business managing this?  Are your Managers’ equipped to manage staff remotely, flexibly, or in fact, at all?

FlexConnect engages, equips, empowers people and organisations to work flexibly.  Don’t miss this wave of engaging and empowering your people.  FlexConnect – TODAY.

FlexConnect.com.au

Click Here for the full article

Champagne in your French Chalet & Flexible Work Darlinks? Why, yes please….

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What is there to say about this jet-setting amazing person? 

Allison is inspirational.  In the short time I’ve known her, she returned home to Australia in tow with her lovely partner, Rob.  She’d completed her gig at Burberry, moved to regional Victoria and took on a major role with a retail chain.  She subsequently was made redundant whilst she was on maternity leave with Scarlett.  

Allison flitted between the UK and Australia, finally settling into some pretty senior contract roles with PwC, purchasing a Chalet in France, getting married Great Gatsby style and then negotiating an amazing arrangement of flexibility that allows her the best balance she can find whilst pursuing her career, renovating her chalet and enjoying her life in Europe as she flits between London & France.

Allison is truly spell binding, her approach to life is like a cold glass of lemonade on a hot day – refreshing, sparkly and effervescent.  Luckily for us she also adds some vodka and lime along the way during our chat to truly inspire us in how to live our lives better.

We are truly blessed to have Allison join us to chat about her life and thank you from the bottom of our hearts as she caught up with us from her French Chalet!  We hope you enjoy this chat as much as we enjoyed having it!

Wonder Woman

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Ok folks, it’s been a while but we are delighted to bring you, the one, the only, the delightful, incredibly talented, gorgeous, considerate and effervescent Angela Sparano to our Podcast Chewing the Fat on Flexibility.  Angela is one of the most delightful, pragmatic, strategic, consultative, passionate and engaged HR Practitioners (how manages risk not puts roadblocks in business’ way!) we have had the privilege to know over the last 10 years and we’re delighted she’s sharing her story on Chewing the Fat on Flexibility.

Angela is now on a delightful flexibility journey, 15 years into her career and we couldn’t be more proud of her pursuing her passion in the artistic field of Interior Design and continuing in her professional pursuit as a HR Professional.

Angela is a gorgeous woman (guys, I’m hunting down a suitor for her so send your CV with supporting “qualifications” to me so I can screen you appropriately 😉 ).  She’s a real Honey, someone whom I’m blessed to have known and worked with who has carved her own path in the flexibility field without the back up of legislation, but truly because she’s a hard working amazing woman.  I’m delighted to bring you this PodCast tonight and I hope you enjoy as much as I’ve enjoyed knowing this amazing woman!

Click on our iTunes Account Here or click on play below to hear the delightful Angela Sparano.

 

Want to attract more women to your workforce? Read this …….

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ABS has done a major recruitment drive during 2015 and made some major inroads in increasing gender diversity.

Success!  

43% of women are in senior executive roles as compared to 21% in 2014.

How did they do it?

A few things.  First, they introduced new recruitment measures – removing names and genders from CVs. The other thing they did, They asked women what they wanted.

Imagine that!

They started designing jobs that met the needs of employees: with flexibility, work from home options, and the ability to work from another office. Hiring staff were directed not to make assumptions about what women want and to encourage women to apply.

Looking to hire women? OR, looking to increase flexibility requirements in your workplace?

A few tips:

  • Cut the assumptions.
  • Ask female AND male candidates about their ideal working scenario.
  • Make the shortlist ‘blind’
  • Address language on the job description
  • Take a good, hard look at your company website.
  • Create a gender-balanced interviewing panel.
  • Introduce a formal mentoring scheme.
  • Show you’re committed to hiring women by offering great entitlements.

FlexConnect equips and empowers Organisations, Managers & Employees for Flexibility.  Take our diagnostic to see how you’re equipped for flexibility.

http://www.womensagenda.com.au/talking-about/editors-agenda/item/7068-how-to-double-women-at-the-top-in-just-a-few-months

Family Ties – Green Eggs & Chipps

We are absolutely delighted to be able to bring you the two amazing men in our life – Garth, Helen’s Husband and Tim, Leonie’s Husband.

We thought it would be great for you to hear about their experiences of flexibility, as you would have gathered from the journey so far, we love our blokes, maybe have given them a swot (in Helen’s case) or two, or (in Leonie’s case) we’ve heard how amazing her life is (dymo labelled tupperware in her pantry etc etc).

What did we get out of this – our blokes are fabulous, but have an interesting take on flexibility, their personal and professional experiences.  Both our families didn’t keep up with man as the main breadwinner constantly, we flip flopped, took breaks, took turns, consulted and had a right royal time lolling through work and life and family. 

We were delighted to be introduced by the delectably gorgeous Eleanor Green who made a special guest appearance, twice …..

Over vino and thai, we chew the fat, literally, on how different couples journey through the tumultuous world of family, work, relationships and maintain some level of sanity.

We hope you enjoy and say Thank You to our adorable blokes, who give so much to us and love us, faults and all.  Enough gushing now, press play!

Annabel Crabb, E-Men & Me

Blokes & Flexibility – a 12 month journey

Helen is flying solo for this one and had the pleasure of attending the WGEA’s event on Equilibrium Challenge which followed 5 men for 12 months who chose flexibility at work, in different shapes and forms, and for different reasons.

The always delightful Annabel Crabb hosted the conversation, and besides being overwhelmed by her genuineness and charming self, Helen completely fell in love with her shoes! Foxy Lady is all we’ll say! 🙂

We’ve whipped up a short PodCast for you on their views, what flex is for them and the conversation that took place around that. It’s encouraging that there is a dialogue around flexibility for men as well as women. Check out their website at www.equilibriumchallenge.com.au.  Enjoy!

Congratulations Kate Jenkins!

Kate Jenkins was announced as our new Sex Discrimination Commissioner by our Federal Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash.

Kate was the lead partner with Herbert Smith Freehills, specialising in equal opportunity practice for ten years, has been the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner since 2013.

Kate was pivotal in championing the Victorian Champions of Change, following her predecessor, Elizabeth Broderick’s lead to encourage and support men actively participating in the fight for gender equality.

Ms Cash released this statement:

“Ms Jenkins has worked closely with a wide range of organisations, including the Victoria police, to address issues of entrenched discrimination and harassment,” they said. “She has also advanced gender equality in all areas of life with a particular focus on diversity in sport, through the Fair Go Sport and Play By the Rule campaigns.

We look forward to Ms Jenkins’ contribution to the work of the Australian Human Rights Commission where she will extend her productive relationships across the Australian government and the broader Australian community, building on the outstanding work of her predecessor.”

We couldn’t agree more.  Elizabeth Broderick in this recent role and Gillian Triggs who relieved in this post until a replacement for Ms Broderick was secured, are amazing talented women who are inspirational, professional, intelligent and encompass true class and have achieved amazing success and results in their postings!

We look forward to your journey Kate and wish you every success.