Prior to developing your flexibility strategy it is important to conduct a readiness assessment to understand where you are now, determine your flexibility vision and identify key priorities. This section provides a summary of the key concepts of the flexibility roadmap.
The flexibility roadmap
The flexibility roadmap has been developed to help organisations think about the flexibility journey and their overall position. Does the organisation view flexibility as a compliance or programmatic issue, in the sense that flexible working arrangements are offered in a limited way, or does the organisation view flexibility in a more holistic way, where flexibility is part of the organisation’s strategy and factored into the way work is done? Or does the organisation lie somewhere in between?
The flexibility roadmap has been simplified into three distinct stages: ‘limited’, ‘basic’ and ‘embedded’, which are aligned to the six broad phases outlined in the gender strategy toolkit. You can use your assessment against the capability framework to plot your position on the roadmap and determine where you want to go. Each phase is outlined below.