Working Flexibility

At Russell Kennedy, we recognise that our people are engaged when they’re doing work that they love and have work-life balance. We appreciate that people’s lives are busy and personal or family commitments can make the traditional 8-5 workday difficult to manage. To support our employees, we take an ‘all roles are flexible’ approach wherever possible.
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Samantha Taylor

Special Counsel - Property & Development

"Flexible work is essential in a modern workplace. Technological advancements allow us to think about work in ways that was not contemplated, even until quite recently. I encourage people to think about how they can embrace flexible work to allow them to engage more with work and their personal lives."

Which team do you work in and what is your work schedule?

I work in the Property and Development Team. I work full time, with two of those days from home.

Why do you work flexibly?

I work flexibly to save time on my commute, so that I can spend more quality time with my husband and 3 children. It also means I can take my children to school a couple of times a week and be there for after school activities. 

What are the personal benefits of flexwork?

The personal benefits are enabling me to more easily balance my career with my personal life. As a result, I can have a rewarding career and fulfilling time with my family. 

How do you think the firm benefits from flexible work?

The firm benefits in a number of ways. Flexible work practices enable the firm to have access to a larger pool of candidates for a variety of positions. It creates a culture where staff are personally invested in the firm, because the firm understands the value of balance between work and personal life. I also think the firm benefits from staff retention by allowing staff to balance personal commitments with work, leading to greater employee satisfaction. Staff retention leads to depth of talent within the firm. 

What are the challenges of working flexibly and how do you overcome them?

Some challenges can be created when an unexpected urgent matter arises. This is overcome by good file management, in particular, ensuring that electronic files are well maintained, so that key documents can be accessible from anywhere at any time. I think sometimes we also need to challenge ourselves a little, to question our traditional views about how work can or must be done. This is overcome by embracing a truly inclusive flexible work policy – something RK has done. 

What would you recommend to others about flexible work?

In my view, flexible work is essential in a modern workplace. Technological advancements allow us to think about work in ways that was not contemplated, even until quite recently. I encourage people to think about how they can embrace flexible work to allow them to engage more with work and their personal lives, whatever their motivation may be. 

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Kerry Riordan

Business Development Consultant 

"I work flexibly as I have a two-year-old daughter; she's only ever going to be this age once so I don't want to miss it all while I'm at work!"

Which team do you work in and what is your work schedule?

I work for the shared services team in Business Development, I work 4 days – 3 days in the office and 1 day from home.

Why do you work flexibly?

I work flexibly as I have a two year old daughter, she’s only ever going to be this age once so I don’t want to miss it all while I’m at work!

What are the personal benefits of flexwork?

It allows me to give my daughter a break in the middle of the week from childcare and enjoy a better work life balance overall.

How do you think the firm benefits from flexible work?

The firm does not lose my years of experience and knowledge on the firm by allowing me to participate in flexible working arrangements. It also benefits from having a loyal and thankful employee! I also think I am more productive and use my time more effectively. You have to be extremely well organised and communicate at a high level in order to make flexible work arrangements be successful.

What are the challenges of working flexibly and how do you overcome them?

Juggling! Everyday a little bit of each role – employee and mother seeps into the other world. You need to make sure that you are okay with that as it requires a bit of give and take. It’s also tough on your team that are in the office full time, sometimes they probably feel that they have to assist more on the days that I am not in the office.

What would you recommend to others about flexible work?

It’s really nice some days to not put on work clothes and get on the train into work! It’s also lovely to be able to do a late childcare drop off and an early pick once a week, my daughter loves it.

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Rohan Harris

Principal - Corporate and Commercial Practice

"Working flexibly allows me to do my job, and be a father and a husband. It also allows me to keep up interests that I have outside of work."

What is your work schedule and where do you work? 

I work from wherever I am and when I need work – it’s usually in the office, but it can also be at home or when I am travelling to visit clients or for work.  I usually work from home on Tuesdays, however this varies with my schedule and can change depending on my client’s needs and where I need to be.

Why do you work flexibly?

I think it’s a necessity, I have to and I want to. Working flexibly allows me to do my job, and be a father and a husband. It also allows me to keep up interests that I have outside of work.

What are the personal benefits of flexible work?

I get to have an interesting and fulfilling career while enjoying other things in my life, for example, family time, kids’ school events, and non-work activities.

How do you think the firm benefits from flexible work?

If people didn’t have the option of working flexibly, I don’t think some of them would be here. It helps facilitate a happier workplace for our people and how they engage with their work.

What are the challenges of working flexibly and how do you overcome them?

You have to be contactable. I do this by using my phone and logging on remotely. My clients have my mobile number so they can contact me when I am not in the office. 

What would you recommend to others about flexible work?

I recommend people be open about it. People shouldn’t be afraid to explore their options.

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Emma Clark

Lawyer - Victorian WorkCover Authority

"I want to be part of my young children's lives. Working flexibly allows me to be an involved and active parent while simultaneously allowing me to pursue a legal career."

Which team do you work in and what is your work schedule?

I am a Lawyer in the WorkCover department. I work Monday to Thursday. My work schedule is part time, rather than flexible as such.

Why do you work flexibly?

I have two young children, Lily aged 8 and Jack aged 5. Both of them are at school now and I like to be available to speak to the teachers and keep in touch with the other parents. 

What are the personal benefits of flexwork?

I am able to do the school drop off and pick up one day per week. I am also a parent helper in Jack’s classroom on Fridays. Both Lily and Jack do sports on Friday afternoons straight after school so I am able to take them to their activities.

How do you think the firm benefits from flexible work?

I think the firm benefits by having employees more motivated to work during the time they do have in the office. 

What are the challenges of working flexibly and how do you overcome them?

Being in a department that has strict timelines and is involved in litigation, it puts some extra pressure on meeting deadlines early and being available if necessary. The team, in particular my assistant and mentor, are very supportive and helpful. I have remote access at home and emails on my phone so I can complete work or respond to emails that need action that day.

What would you recommend to others about flexible work?

It is important for me to be able to be involved in my children’s day as well as feeling valued in a work environment. It enables a work life balance.