While it’s not my first gig working flexibly, it’s a milestone worth celebrating and an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of this past 10 years.

Ten years ago, we made a decision to prioritise our family’s needs, I stepped away from my career as a national project and customer services manager. I went to work part-time as an admin assistant for a small consulting company, they didn’t have an office in Perth, and the team was distributed globally. Many thought I was a bit nuts!

Reflecting back, it was one of the best decisions we ever made. That admin assistant role grew and changed many times over the years, presenting opportunities not possible in a traditional office-based role. I still work regularly with the ePM team. As our family develops more independence, I now have time to work with other clients offering excellent flexible arrangements.

Eyes are now open to the possibilities

Recent world events have forced many to work remotely and flexibly for the first time. While the circumstances are not business as usual, eyes are now open to the possibilities of flexible work and distributed teams. Talking with people forced to work remotely for the first time, many would have thought it impractical (or impossible) in their current role. They have been pleasantly surprised at what they can achieve, productivity is high, and morale is good.

Community and connection are essential

Few people want to work from home permanently, community and connection are essential, and an office environment does provide this for some. Still, people are now seeing it is not necessary all day, every day. People I speak to are enjoying the flexibility of remote work. Some are taking the opportunity to bike ride at 3 pm to clear their head before working late into the night. Others are enjoying working earlier in the day and being home for meals with the family.

A unique opportunity

As we emerge from this forced work from home period, I urge managers and their teams to take this unique opportunity to push flexible working boundaries. Go test the water outside your comfort zone, think differently, and enjoy the benefits created for both the Company and your people.

If you’re working remotely for the first time, I’d love for you to share your experience below. If you’re interested in working with me or would like to know more get in touch.