Flexible Work Practices = Maximum Productivity

By Kate Broadley

1D6A0555I find it ironic that today I am writing about flexible work practices as I sit in the parking lot waiting to collect my teenage boys from sporting commitments, with my computer on my lap and headphones to my ear!! Flexibility in the workplace is the secret to my success. It’s hard for me to ever imagine working again in a conventional office environment and quite frankly I would not have the same productivity without this flexibility!! So listen up you doubters!!!!

Really I have the best of both worlds. Some days are spent in the office, as I somewhat glamorously meet with clients and conduct meetings. While I do love my days in the office, as I get to dress up in high heels and snazzy corporate attire, the downside of my office days, is as a mum, the commute to work wastes so much time (although I have now mastered techniques to use this time wisely). Modern technology, particularly laptops and mobile phones has made it far easier to work anywhere and at any time of the day. That itself, is a whole other issue for another day!!

My life is a constant mesh of work and personal. This is my life and it’s a life that others desire, which is why I am surprised that flexible work practices still experience such resistance and has not been adopted more fully. Research shows it is one of the top five reasons people leave a company. I simply could not work without this flexibility and I am sure there are many others who do not work, as they are unable to find this flexibility in the workforce. Imagine the talent we could be missing out on!!

Flexibility results in improved employee attraction and retention, cost-savings and improved productivity. Work, like our personal life isn’t constant and the ability to have flexibility helps people stay happy and healthy.

A happy and healthy workforce equals productivity in my experience. What do you think?

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About Eden Ritchie Recruitment

We are a Brisbane business developed with the needs of the Queensland market in mind. Being locally owned and operated ensures that we are committed to playing our part in growing the Queensland economy. Eden Ritchie Recruitment was established in March 1996 by Kim Ritchie and Justine Eden, whose combined recruitment industry experience exceeds 40 years. Since its inception Eden Ritchie Recruitment has gone from strength to strength. Why? For the same reason all good businesses succeed; ability, commitment, dedication, self-belief and tenacity. However more important than all of these necessary attributes, there exists the innate understanding that to succeed in this competitive market, we must constantly adapt and recast ourselves to ensure our continuous alignment with the needs of both employers and candidates. We believe that ‘focused’ is the word that best describes our approach to all aspects of the recruitment profession. Our mission statement: To provide a professional, individually tailored recruitment service to both employers and candidates through the development of long term relationships and an understanding of market demands.

2 thoughts on “Flexible Work Practices = Maximum Productivity

  1. Hi Kate, I have blogged now and then about the advantages of rethinking the central office structure to create hybrids that allow the mix that you mention, depending on requirements. I think if a whole collective industry sector shifts it will make the perceived downsides diminish yet that start takes a brave move by the more innovative. As Paul mentions, trust issues can limit progress with flexibility. Sure, it’s easier for managers to keep a watch in the same building but we cannot rely entirely on fixed hours worked as a measure of productivity. More skillful managers learn to measure on output and as they learn to do that well, the clock becomes less important. The hybrid approach allows for various activities to be completed, firstly where being together is not important, as well as other times where team meetings are essential for the best results. The flexible approach is good for staff, the business and eventually can take the pressure off traffic congestion. Thanks.


  2. Hi Kate IBM have known for a longtime that employees are more productive when they have a flexible arrangement. As a former IBM’er I did the “remote” thing and found while having the flexibility the lawn remained un mowed and there was no border between home and work. I think its great in a small organisation like yours but the key to IBM’s success was an expectation as to how you managed your “home office” and expected outcomes. Remote working is now as much a “has been” as “contact centres”. The only organisations I have found who are paranoid about “working from home” are low trust, low empowerment and high command and control environments. This is very common in NZ where they seem to be behind on the productivity payoffs of remote working and are a bit in the 1950’s on that “ussue”. It is a trust thing and some organisational cultures want to see people in their workstations so they get the feeling of control. Anyway I am really glad its working for you and it is a must have in progressive organisations.


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