Elena– Manager, Diversity & Inclusion Insights
“I started at CommBank as a full-time Executive Manager almost 7 years ago. For personal reasons I requested to move to a part-time role working three days a week. I had an open conversation with my manager. We landed on a job share arrangement where my role would be shared between me and a colleague. Between us we had one day of overlap to set us both up for success.
A few years on I decided to take an unpaid career break. My leader was very supportive, and the conversation was focused on how we could make it work. During my career break, I knew it could be challenging to secure my next role because I wanted to come back on a part-time basis. I applied for a full-time role and felt confident that I could do the role four days a week so I proposed this arrangement. In accepting the role I committed that I would be flexible as needed to meet the needs of my customers and team.
I balance being at home with coming into the office. This works for me. I can have plenty of focused time at home and organise my office days around face-to-face meetings and catch-ups. I’ve been able to use flex working options with very minimal compromises to my work satisfaction, personal lifestyle and my career!”
Laura – Executive Manager, Financial Wellbeing
“I was grateful to be able to take ten weeks of parental leave at the tail end of my daughter’s first year. I valued this time to connect with not just my daughter but also my son who was in pre-school. Before this, my wife was working part-time and I was working full-time. When I returned to work, we decided to split the part-time load between the both of us to have an active role with the kids. During my time at CommBank, I’ve worked a compressed week, part-time hours, and purchased annual leave. Having these options during the pandemic with two young kids made things much easier and helped me to bring my best to both worlds.”
Brian – Executive Manager
“Working at CommBank has enabled me to manage a chronic and often deadly liver disease in a way that no other workplace has. It’s been quite literally life-changing. Working from home part-time from day one, and full time since the onset of the pandemic has meant that I can manage full-time work while improving my health. Most empowering has been the all-embracing positive culture and attitude of the team to my arrangement. This is what makes me love working here – whether that’s in person or online - because I can throw myself fully into work without it coming at the expense of my health. I was surviving, but now (ironically during a global pandemic) I’m thriving. CommBank as an employer is saving my life.”
Zoë – Manager, Product Governance & Regulatory Change
“I joined CommBank as a Graduate at the start of the pandemic. I spent the entire Graduate Program working from home. Eliminating the commute was obviously a benefit, but I did wonder if I’d get the same graduate experience. ‘How well does a company react to a pandemic’ wasn’t typically something students needed to look out for in grad roles. Luckily CommBank was able to pivot and I was still given the great exposure and learning experiences I’d expected. As someone who was used to overseas schooling and complex university schedules that looked like half-completed jigsaw puzzles, the flexibility to manage my own time and working style has been one of the most positive aspects about starting my career here.”
Beiwei – Software Engineer