We asked her a few questions about what flexible working meant to her…
Question: What does your flexible working arrangement involve?
I’m passionate about helping rescue dogs find new homes. For a long time, I’ve volunteered my weekends to the local dog shelter – a fast paced and physically demanding environment. Working from home one day each week means I can spend an hour training some of the more challenging rescue dogs. It is something that wouldn’t be possible after work or during busy weekends at the shelter.
Question: What does work flexibility mean to you?
It means I can proudly say that my employer cares about my physical and emotional wellbeing by encouraging me to pursue the things that bring me joy! Let’s face it, a happy, healthy employee equals loyalty, commitment and increased productivity!
Question: How have you made it work for yourself and the company?
For a flexible work arrangement to work, I believe there needs to be mutual trust and commitment. There are many benefits for being a Rest employee, but having the support from my team to pursue something that’s very meaningful to me has tripled my loyalty and commitment in return. I never hesitate to go that extra mile where possible to help my team or work towards our joint objectives. Plus, Rest has given me all the tools I need to connect with my colleagues and access my work from anywhere.
Question: Would you take a job that didn’t offer flexible working?
The short answer is no. If there are no negative impacts on my team or my work, I see no reason why flexible working shouldn’t be an option. I believe in a can-do attitude and the need of addressing any challenges or concerns in an open, trusting environment.