COVID-19 may mean you need to temporarily scale back your role. For whatever reason, you may not be able to work full-time during this period.

We have developed toolkits for employees and managers that provides a straightforward process for identifying the tasks and responsibilities that can be shifted, paused or re-allocated to effectively balance any increase in work and life responsibilities.

While some team members will be able to continue with full time work, with or without varied start/finish times, others may need to switch to part-time or job share in the short-term. The latter is the focus of this guidance.

For other forms of flexible working that generally have a lower impact on a role’s design, refer to our ‘Design your own flexibility trial toolkit’.

Your role as an employee

This toolkit focuses on your actions needed to adjust your role to allow you to balance work and other responsibilities during this period. You and your leader both have an active role to play.

Your role is to:

  • Identify and communicate your needs and responsibilities outside of work during the COVID-19 restrictions
  • Consider and flag the work implications of needing to adjust your hours of participation both at a team and individual level
  • Help to identify different ways to plan and arrange your work to meet the team’s needs and your individual needs
  • Participate in team discussions about work priorities and resourcing
  • Co-design role adjustment solutions with your leader that work for your individual circumstances and the team outcomes
  • Collaborate with others to identify and address any customer/client implications of role adjustments

Your leader’s role is to:

  • Help team members clarify the work implications of needing to adjust their hours of participation both at a team and individual level
  • Challenge their teams to identify different ways to plan and arrange the team’s work, and question which work is a priority
  • Co-design role adjustment solutions with team members that work for their individual circumstances and the team outcomes
  • Work with the team to identify and address any customer/client implications of role adjustments

The role adjustment process for employees

Request 'Role Adjustment template'

Use the template to support you to make the necessary role adjustments to enable a temporary reduction in hours.