In 2020, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) made the decision to embark on a journey to reimagine workplace flexibility: one that prioritises autonomy, agency and trust, and takes a team-based rather than individualised approach to make flex work for everyone, thus increasing individual, team and organisation productivity.

The outcome of this work is the recently launched Flex @ WEHI program which was designed and developed under the stewardship of WEHI’s Flex Reference Group. The reference group comprises staff members with diverse roles from across the institute.

The Flex @ WEHI program includes:

  • a new principles-based flex policy;
  • a ‘one stop shop’ Flex Hub on the intranet with practical advice, guidance and tools for staff, supervisors and teams to implement flex and hybrid working arrangements successfully; and
  • team-based training to set up protocols to bolster communication and collaboration in the hybrid working environment.
Screenshot of WEHI SharePoint site. The simple interface provides links for staff and students, managers, teams, online/hybrid meetings, and training.
The WEHI flex hub provides quick links and resources on working flexibly. Image: Supplied.

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