What does ‘if not, why not’ mean for employees?

Flexible working is about rethinking the where, when and how work can be done, in a way that maintains or improves service delivery for the people of NSW.

The approach of ‘if not, why not’ means that everyone employed in the NSW Government sector can begin a conversation about what type of flexible working might be available, regardless of the reason for why you might be seeking it. You do not need to have served a waiting period before you can ask, and it can include contractors (if the agency has established this with any third parties involved).

However, it is your responsibility to demonstrate how your work will be maintained or improved at all times, whether you work flexibly or not. So when thinking about how your role can be performed flexibly, consider how your proposed arrangement will continue to meet core business needs, serve your clients and stakeholders, and accommodate the way your team works too. It has to reach an equilibrium between your needs, your team’s needs, and your client/customer’s needs.

These resources will get you started.

Types of flexible working

If you’d like to better understand what flexible working is, or what types of flex you might be able to use, here’s some advice.

Preparing your proposal and having the conversation

We’ve developed some resources for you, to help you have a flexible working conversation with your manager or team, prepare a proposal if you want an ongoing arrangement, and a checklist for what you need to include in that proposal.

Self-assessment tool and development guide

Take a self-assessment to test your own knowledge and skills in flexible working, and a self-paced development guide if you find you want to grow confidence in any area.

Job share for employees

We have a great guide to job share if you want to learn more or try this innovative arrangement.

Role redesign for employees

If you need to change the way you do your role, we’ve developed this to guide you to redesign your role.

Role adjustment for the short term

Due to COVID-19 you may need to temporarily scale back your role. Use the toolkit to focus on your actions needed to adjust your role to allow you to balance work and other responsibilities during this period.