This document is part of the Flexible work policy and resources resource.
Flexible work is the government’s default position.
- every role can have some form of flexibility
- organisations need to embed flexible work into the design and structure of their workforce
- managers must work with their employees and team to come up with solutions that work for everyone
- an employee has a meaningful level of control over when, where and how they work
But it shouldn’t:
- lead to reduced service delivery to the Victorian community
- negatively impact the achievement of your team and organisation’s objectives
- materially change the work that you are doing
Above all, your use of flexible work must align with your commitment as a Victorian Public Service employee to improve outcomes for the community we serve.
Aim of the policy
The aim of this policy is to help the Victorian Public Service:
- attract and retain employees
- balance the employee’s needs with ongoing service delivery
- better meet the needs of the Victorian community we serve
- build a positive workplace culture
- create a more diverse and inclusive workplace
- help everyone have a better work-life balance
Why flexible work matters
Flexible work means we can all manage a work-life balance.
This includes things like how we:
- contribute to the community
- maintain health and wellbeing
- parent or care for others
- return to a COVID-normal workplace
- transition to retirement
How to achieve flexible work
To achieve flexible work, we all need to have ongoing discussions and make a strong commitment to this policy.
- helps us all understand the flexibility we each need
- helps managers support their team’s work and organisation’s needs
To support flexible work, organisations need to:
- adapt their processes
- communicate clearly and consistently
- embed a culture of learning and improvement
- embrace new technology and ways of working