Posted: Jul 12, 2019 05 min. read

Helping our people Flex up to 9 different ways

Our new flexible work policy

At Deloitte, we’ve refreshed our flexible working policy to become Deloitte Flex! 

Why? Because we want our people to understand that there is more than one way to flex – and it’s more accessible than before! 

There are many long-held stereotypes and misconceptions around what flexible working really means. For example:

  • Flexibility is not just another word for part-time work – that’s just one part of the equation.
  • Did you know one study found that employees with access to flexibility showed 55% higher engagement, 55% less stress and 45% lower turnover?*
  • Catalyst (a non-profit working to accelerate progress for women at work) found that 90% of high-performers who worked flexibly aspired to senior roles, compared to 77% of those without access to flexible work.*

Our improved policy consists of a new framework with nine different types of flex that our people can use in combination, so you’re empowered to live and work in a way that works best for you – including the option to purchase up to 12 weeks additional annual leave!

Our nine different types of flex
Our nine different types of flex

So, whether you’re a parent, pursuing other ambitions and interests, live remotely, have a dentist appointment, need a career break or simply like to go the gym during lunch – everyone can embrace flexibility for any reason in all forms, formally or informally.

I’m very proud of the launch of Deloitte Flex which – in addition to our improved parental leave policy earlier this year – helps us create a great place to work, with equal opportunity for all our people to grow, develop and succeed. It reflects our commitment at Deloitte to creating an inclusive environment, where everyone feels comfortable to ask for and use flexible working arrangements.

We know flexible work arrangements aren’t a new thing though – so here are the stories from some of our people already making use of Deloitte Flex, which highlight the multiple benefits for you and your wellbeing. 

Amanda Strauss (Assurance & Advisory, Manager) – Place Flex + Hours Flex

“My husband and I always dreamed of living and raising our kids on our own farm. Little did we know that the opportunity would jump on us during my second period of parental leave. This was an opportunity of a lifetime but I didn’t want to give up my career with Deloitte to make it happen. 

Amanda's pecan farm in Port Macquarie
Amanda's pecan farm in Port Macquarie

"Thankfully, following a conversation with my coach, I had the support of Deloitte to trial a remote working arrangement! I now work remotely four days a week from Port Macquarie, NSW, with monthly visits to the Sydney office. Flexible working has made it possible for me to balance my career with family and life outside of work. The two hours I get back every day by not travelling to and from the office, I invest in my kids or helping out on the farm. By working remotely, I have found there are less distractions and my productivity has increased. As the Greek philosopher Aristotle once said: ‘Pleasure in the job, puts perfection in the work’.”

Kelvin Brown (Tax & Legal, Principal) – Place Flex 

“I’ve been working remotely in Harden, NSW, for just over nine years while with Deloitte. The benefits of remote working include zero travel time and comfortable farm clothing. I have large periods of uninterrupted time to get things done but the trade-off is that you need to be focused and get into a routine to not be distracted by the family and farm activity. Once my team become accustomed to me working remotely, things go pretty smoothly. I tend to have daily catch-ups with my team to ensure I know what is going on. Overall a great success for me!”

Lisa McComb (Deloitte Private, Senior Analyst) – Career Flex, Hours Flex + Place Flex

“In addition to pursuing my corporate career at Deloitte, I also spend winters as a freestyle ski coach in Australia and Canada. The accessibility to flexible leave is great and it starts with having small conversations with partners, team members, clients and the talent team. As an example, I work remotely during the Australian winter to spread commuting to/from the Australian ski fields. I’ve recently qualified as a Chartered Accountant and in September, I also hope to achieve the highest qualification for ski instruction, the internationally recognised APSI Level 4.”

Lisa's 'other office'
Lisa's 'other office'

Kathryn Fielding (Risk Advisory, Personal Assistant) - Place Flex

“I was diagnosed with a neurological illness just over three years ago. Initially, I took over two months off work on extended sick leave to get my health under control. Upon coming back to work, my Partners and the Talent team made the suggestion of working from home to help me adjust and ease back into work. 

“I now have a plan in place to work from home two days a week, as well as work from the hospital once a fortnight as part of my ongoing treatment. It’s wonderful to receive the support and flexibility I need from Deloitte.”

Tim Biviano (Assurance & Advisory, Manager) – Team Flex + Time Flex

"During our busy season in 2018, our Engagement Partner challenged us to utilise some form of flexibility during the busy season. Our Partner also empowered me to be a strong leader to help implement the various arrangements, because, in the end, it's important that everyone plays a part to make flexibility a reality."

"So in our team, every single person interpreted and implemented flexible arrangements differently, according to what works best for them. For me, it meant coming into the office earlier so I could make my gym session in the afternoon."

Tim adjusts his start time to fit in his physical wellbeing
Tim adjusts his start time to fit in his physical wellbeing

Meet our author

Sam Sheppard

Sam Sheppard

Chief Human Resources Officer

Appointed as Deloitte Australia’s CHRO in January 2018, Sam has over 25 years of HR leadership experience, driving people strategies for business growth, cultural change and high-performing teams. Sam