What flexible working means at Telstra in China
Many of us at Telstra in China used to equate the term “flexible working” with part-time work - until the “All Roles Flex” working module was introduced in October.
Actually, there’s a far greater variety of ways to work flexibly. Telstra offers agile ways of working, such as flexi-time, job sharing, remote working, compressed hours, day in lieu, etc.
I asked some of my colleagues what flexible working meant to them. Here’s what they said:
The chief executive
Ruey-bin Kao, Greater China CEO:
“I’m glad to see our staff have made it work in China. Our desire is to become a truly values-based workplace that requires all of us to look at the way we work, collaborate, and improve the way we use our time. Research proves that people working flexibly are more productive and happy than those confined to conventional working schedules. It also reduces costs, helping to decrease staff turnover and reduce absence levels.”
Chunjiang Kang, Technical Sales, China
“My home is in the city of Shenzhen, about two-hour drive from Telstra office in Guangzhou. Shenzhen is also where our key customers headquartered, such as Tencent, Huawei and ZTE. I work from both Shenzhen and Guangzhou based on the agreed arrangements. Flexible working helps me with both of my work and family commitments.”
I, too, know that flexibility is extremely important. It’s never easy being a new mum and trying to juggle a full-time job with family life. I get work done in a timely fashion but in different hours of the day, which allows me to fulfil some family duties. Under my agreed flexible working hours arrangement, I’m able to reach a much better work-life balance.
Michelle Shao is Public Communications Manager, China.