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There’s a great new project worth celebrating. It’s called The Equilibrium Man Challenge – an online series of micro-documentaries that follow a group of men who are trying to change the way they work. (Tap the image above to watch the first video instalments)

We talk a lot about making it easier for women to balance work and family but what about men? The fact is if both sexes had the opportunity and encouragement to work more flexibly work-life balance would be more of a reality than a dream. The effects of this could be monumental for a man’s health  (men make up 75% of Australian suicides and 1 in 10 men get post natal depression & anxiety), a man’s family (more time for caring responsibilities and their partner’s work options open up too) and a man’s work life (research indicates happier employers = more productive workers).

The aim of the broader inititative – The Equilibrium Challenge – is to provide a communication forum for people interested in flexible work practices and workplace gender equality as well as the technology, tools and tactics that enable people to achieve greater equilibrium in their lives. The business benefits of improved workplace productivity, employee engagement and organisational performance will also be explored.

The Equilibrium Man Challenge is a collaborative project that involves both government and private sector organisations. The project is a response to a policy objective of the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) and WGEA endorse the initaitve as do the Diversity Council Australia (DCA).

For employers – A strategic approach to flexibility

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

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

The program will help organisations develop a deeper understanding of what ‘flexible working arrangement’ means and the resources will help organisations build the capability to develop and implement an overall flexibility strategy.

Resources to support organisations

Readiness assessment
This document looks at whether or not your organisation is ready for a strategic approach to flexibility.
Readiness assessment diagnostic tool
This tool can be used to assist you complete the diagnostic phase detailed in the readiness assessment.
Guidance on running flexibility focus groups
This document outlines the steps to running an effective focus group on workplace flexibility

Developing and implementing a flexibility strategy

Building a flexibility strategy
This document provides a guide to building an organisation-wide approach to implementing and managing workplace flexibility
Executive briefing on flexibility strategy
This briefing note highlights the role of the executive team in leading an organisation towards a more flexible working environment.
Developing a flexible working arrangements policy
This briefing note provides guidance on the key features of a flexible working arrangements policy.

Source:  Equilibrium Challenge Website