"Flexible working has made me more efficient and productive" - a case study

Constance Lepourry
Executive Assistant to the HR Director at Price WaterhouseCoopers

Constance has two boys, aged two and four. She works four days a week, and one of those days is based at home. Constance began flexible working after taking her  first maternity leave in 2008 - before this she worked a standard five days a week.

When returning to work, she took a four day a week role based at PwC's client site in Gatwick working 9-5. She then took 12 months off for the birth of her second son.
When she came back to work after that Constance was back on a four day week for a global project.

"My work was based at home although I did come into the office once a week for the odd planning meeting," she says.

"But even whilst working from home I was able to lead a team of five managers and senior managers as part of this project. I benefitted from using technology to support working from home such as having my own conference call facility, my own virtual meeting room to share presentations and an instant messaging system."

However the hours that specific role demanded became unmanageable when taking into account Constance's family commitments, so she looked for other opportunities in the company.

"I was able to move into the firm's project office I am an Executive Assistant to HR director - in the office four days a week with one day based at home.The children are in nursery four days - I spend Fridays with the children and socialising with my friends and other mums."

She adds: "With flexible working I have become more efficient and disciplined with my time and I am learning to prioritise more effectively.

"I can truly see the value in flexible working. It's important to recognise and be honest about how much workload you can manage and when it has crossed the line."

Constance's advice to anyone considering the possibility of going flexible: You need to scope out your role really well and be realistic about what is possible, and regularly communicate with your stakeholders and check back in with them to make sure it's working for both parties. You need to re-evaluate and adjust things as you go along - it can benefit both employee and employer massively."
 

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