More workplaces move to flexible positions

Australian workplaces are increasingly moving to flexible working arrangements, with many adopting a new approach prioritising meeting work output expectations over time spent in the office.

The latest data was released by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency on Friday, after surveying almost 5000 employers.

The research found almost 40 per cent of workplaces had implemented roles that allowed staff to choose how, where and when they work.

In a shift away from traditional clocked hours, the new model focuses on output and outcomes.

The number of employers who offered working-from-home arrangements jumped from 35 per cent in 2019, to 66 per cent in 2021, with the COVID-19 pandemic accelerating the shift.

Workplace Gender Equality Agency director Mary Wooldridge said flexible work was a key driver of gender equality.

"Employers should be creative to enable their employees to have flexibility that meets their specific needs," Ms Wooldridge said.

"Innovative actions we've seen from employers include creating shifts specifically within or outside of school hours, and offering job-sharing or part-time work arrangements for managerial or executive roles.

"These types of measures make it easier for men and women to equally participate in the workforce, whether that's from the office or home."