New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women
6 November 2006
Flexible Working Hours -Good For Employers and Employees
“Flexible working arrangements benefit both employers and the employees,” a New Zealand Federation of Business and
Professional Women spokesperson said today.
Speaking at the Parliamentary launch of the Coalition for Quality Flexible Working Hours BPW spokesperson Angela McLeod
said that businesses that encourage work/life balance and include it in their business strategy have high staff
engagement and therefore high productivity, and are competitive in the market place.
“Quality Flexible Work Legislation is family friendly and gives parents and primary care givers the legal framework with
which to ask for quality flexible work,” she said.
Angela McLeod said although it would be preferable if employers and employees could resolve working hours issues without
recourse to legislation, New Zealand needed legislation because of the many employees who were currently unable to
access flexible working hours.
“Working parents, women in particular, need access to flexible working hours for their careers, income and sanity,” she
“New Zealand businesses need it - for improved staff engagement, productivity and performance. New Zealand needs this -
for our social and economic well-being. Improving our work/life balance makes New Zealand a more attractive place to
live; quality flexible work legislation will be our point of difference in attracting skilled workers, new businesses
and ethical business investment. All of this leads to an increase in our economic performance. And we all want that.”
BPW is one of 26 organisations who have joined the Coal ion, which supports Sue Kedgley’s private members’ bill
providing a right to request flexible working hours for parents of young children and older children with disabilities.
The collation is calling for legislation with the provisions extended to all employees.