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Redressing the gender imbalance through flexibility challenge

05 June 2015

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The Equilibrium Challenge from Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) provides a communication forum for people interested in flexible work practices and workplace gender equality. It also opens discussion on the technology, tools and tactics that enable people to achieve greater equilibrium in their lives.

Gender equality brings business benefits, including improved workplace productivity, employee engagement and organisational performance.

The Equilibrium Man Challenge is the first major initiative in an ongoing campaign and is an online series of micro-documentaries that follows a group of men who are trying to change the way they work - with varying degrees of success. Supporting the documentaries is a series of Insight Interviews with relevant experts. Public opinion through video vox pops is also being used to support the initiative and social media channels are open for healthy discussion and debate.

You can support the Challenge and get involved at http://equilibriumchallenge.com.au/site/?cat=6

Over time The Equilibrium Challenge will develop other initiatives, some to support The Equilibrium Man Challenge, while others might be about workplace flexibility and gender equality more broadly.

Organisations across Australia are beginning to see flexibility as a key enabler of gender equality and are developing strategies to support their employees to work flexibly whoever they are and for whatever reason.

To help organisations along the journey, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency has also developed a comprehensive education program focused on ensuring a strategic approach to workplace flexibility and support for caring and family responsibilities.

There are two phases in the journey, a diagnostic phase in which organisations can assess their readiness, try the Readiness assessment and the Readiness assessment diagnostic tool to help with this.

There is also the Guidance on running flexibility focus groups document, which outlines the steps to running an effective focus group on workplace flexibility.

The second phase supports organisations in the developing and implementing of a flexibility strategy.

Building a flexibility strategy is a guide to the process. Executive briefing on flexibility strategy is a briefing note highlighting the role of the executive team in leading an organisation towards a more flexible working environment. And finally, Developing a flexible working arrangements policy, brings the whole thing together.

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