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Let’s get Flexible: CommBank’s people share what flexible working means to them

Let’s get Flexible: CommBank’s people share what flexible working means to them

Working flexibly is all about people working in ways that allow them to achieve their best. That’s why at CommBank we support innovative and diverse working arrangements – from job share to part-time to work from home and everything in between.

We caught up with seven of our people who take advantage of CommBank’s flexible work policies to understand what it really means to them.

“The approach to flexible working here is ‘how can we make this happen?’ Whether that’s job-sharing, part-time work, or working from home. I can attend school events and do drop-offs and pick-ups for my kids, while still delivering at a senior level. At CommBank it’s about the quality of your output rather than face time in the office”

Soraya Alali, General Manager Product and Customer Experience

(Full-time hours condensed into nine-day fortnights)

“I live in Bowral 100+ km away from Sydney with a 2.5 hour commute door to door. If I did daily travel it would add 25 hours to my work week, so I work from home as well as on the afternoon train. I’m at home 2 days, and when I’m in the office I leave at around 3.30pm and finish my work on the commute. If I couldn’t do this I don’t think I could still be working here!”

Michael White, Head of Investment Exposure Management

(Full-time hours, informal flexible arrangement)

“I job share and work Monday and Friday. It means I have a great work life balance – I’m currently studying part time and completing horsemanship. I have a chance to spend time with my family and friends, rejuvenate myself and improve myself.”

Allie Caracasidis, Operations Manager

(Job Share)

“I’m in the office 4 days a week. The flexible environment lets me balance my responsibilities at work as well as outside of work with my partner and kids. I really feel that at CommBank you have all the tools at your disposal to work in a way that suits you, because here we acknowledge that flexibility means different things to different people. I know people who have relocated or work remotely, have a formal flex arrangement or like I do with my team, just manage flexibility on an individual basis.”

Claire Rowan, Executive Manager, Procurement Governance & Development


"Flex working allows me to play a greater role in my son’s life, particularly engaging with his schooling. Spending less time travelling and commuting allows me and my family to spend quality time together.”

Matt Rix, Indigenous Careers Acquisition Partner

(Remote Working)

“I have been on secondment on a project in our Business Banking area. Not only have I been able to contribute to an important project and build my experience, I have used Commbank’s flexible working to work from home most Wednesdays. This has let me spend a couple of hours training in the pool in the morning, contribute to the board of a not for profit, and get a full day’s work done.  I’ve also worked out of our Perth, Melbourne and Sydney over the past year so I can spend time with my family in those cities.”

Nicole Brown, Executive Manager Financial Crimes

(Informal Flexible Arrangement)

“I work remotely from the Sunshine Coast, even though my role is based in Sydney. My team have been amazing in supporting my move and helping to make the remote working arrangement work. I’m still able to do everything I usually do professionally, I’m just also able to things like buy a house and spend quality time with family. To me, that’s invaluable.”

Julie Dolan, Employer Brand Partner

(Remote Working)

“I have had a chronic illness for the past 6 years and without the ongoing support that I have been provided by CommBank I simply would not have been able to focus on my recovery and wellbeing. When I was diagnosed, the response from my line management at CommBank was amazing and I was able to immediately change to a reduced working week and now work remotely 2 weeks out of every 3. It has provided me with much needed space to recover, but it has also had many other benefits like creating space for my team members to grow by taking on additional responsibilities when I am not physically present… in a strange way I’ve never felt more connected to my team and now spend most of my week coaching them rather than managing them.”

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