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  • Articles and reports of Interest March 2021

    In each of our CLEW'd In Newsletters we gather a selection of interesting articles and reports received at CLEW from a range of sources and on a range of topics related to employment and work. In particular we acknowledge the APO Policy Weekly for alerting us to interesting papers from across the Tasman. The following are articles collected in the last month for our March edition of CLEW'd IN, CLEW's bi-monthly newsletter.

  • Will Covid be a game-changer for flexible work?

    The government’s ‘go hard and go early’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic required public sector and community organisations to shut their workplaces and redeploy their workforces. These organisations were charged with reorganising staff to deliver essential and, for some, enhanced public services, while containing the spread of the virus and minimising the risk of transmission. Delivering services in Covid-times meant the introduction of a range of alternative and flexible work arrangements, including working from home (WFH).  For many, their homes became workplaces, and managers were tasked with managing the health, safety, and well-being of their staff remotely, at a time of heightened stress and uncertainty. This represented an extreme and unprecedented set of changes to the way we work, but also a once in a generation opportunity to learn from people’s experiences of working during a global pandemic.