Christine Linden, Head of Small Business Banking, Victoria & Tasmania
Eight years ago Christine’s husband suffered a brain injury in a horrific bike accident. He is recovering and now learning to walk, but still needs 24/7 care. Christine took six months off when the accident happened; then returned to ANZ working flexibly across the week, balancing the need for time in the office, time out with her teams in the market and time at home. Christine is a great example of how you can balance flexible work and still take on challenging roles: she has been promoted several times and now leads a team of 180 people servicing 150,000 customers – all achieved while working flexible hours and accessing ANZ's additional 4 weeks of annual leave to help support her husband’s recovery.
Janet Chang, Credit Manager, Commercial Risk , NZ
Janet works flexible hours (starting at 7:45 am with a 4pm finish and a shorter lunch break) and uses informal working arrangements to work from home from time to time. This enables her to balance her career and childcare commitments. Janet values the extra time she is able to spend with her son, while pursuing a career she loves. Janet’s manager Igor finds her to be highly efficient and productive on her working days, and is pleased that the business has been able to retain her talents and 9 years’ experience. Janet’s colleagues value her return to work and the effectiveness with which she manages the arrangement within the team.
Patrick Fruean, Personal & Business Banker, NZ
Patrick is a professional rower who utilises flexible hours to achieve his work and sporting goals. Balancing work and his passion for rowing is something Patrick works hard to keep in check, and he’s succeeding. Not only is he a New Zealand national champion rower but he has also contributed NZ$4.3m in Funds Under Management in his first full quarter as a Personal & Business Banker.
Daniel Zeman, National Operations and Project Manager
On Fridays, Daniel needs to be home before sunset in preparation for the Jewish day of rest - Shabbat. In the summer months it’s not too difficult to be home by sunset as the sun shines until 8 or 9 pm but in the shortest days of winter Daniel might need to leave work by 3.30pm to be home in time. Because ANZ supports a diverse workforce via flexibility, he has peace of mind in the knowledge that there is accommodation of his needs. He keeps a record of his hours to ensure he’s making up for the hours at other points during the week. He also checks his emails on Saturday night straight after the Sabbath to ensure he’s across everything that happened on Friday evening.
Meg Bonighton, General Manager Specialist Channels, works flexible hours to have a half day off a week.
“Like most of our roles these days, my role as leader of specialist channels is highly connected, interacting with all sorts of groups and businesses throughout the week.I work 4.5 days a week, and in reality each week will look slightly different. I mix working from home and in the office, as well as various travel commitments to ensure I am the most productive and accessible as I can be - for my stakeholders and my family.
Because the calendar can look quite different week on week, I need to be very organised. This year I had the dual changes of my first daughter starting school, and me starting a new job. It’s fair say I underestimated the change in ‘operating rhythm’, so I’ve now invested the time to set myself up well for our new pattern. It’s still a work in progress, but we’re getting closer each day!
I find every hour at home is worth 2 hours at the office, particularly in terms of that real thinking time.I’m getting better at putting aside time each week to work from an alternative location – whether that’s home or another environment altogether. I utilise this time for reviewing papers, developing proposals and all important planning.When I'm in the office I'm continually in meetings and connecting with my team, peers and my boss - enabling me to give them complete focus.
To make flexibility work effectively in a role like mine you have to be; disciplined, very well organised, flexible for the organisation and accessible.The advantages of this kind of arrangement though, make it all worthwhile."
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