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Entrant: Freerange Works

City: Auckland


About My Business

Freerange Works is a boutique Human Resources Consultancy which specialises in building flexible working practices in organisations throughout New Zealand. Our aim is to ensure everyone has equal opportunities for recruitment, development and promotion based on their skill sets, competencies, and output rather than their commitment to an outdated workday structure. By shining a light on the individual as a whole person rather than just an employee, Freerange Works champions respectful and inclusive company cultures across New Zealand. The company was established in 2019 to meet the demands of the changing workforce. Since then, we have helped small and medium businesses through to large government agencies with their flexible working HR foundations and policies. More and more organisations are seeing that people need options beyond the 9-5, especially as their lives change. By removing time and location-related barriers helps to create equal opportunities for career development and participation. A successful flexible work programme requires a shift in company culture. We have developed bespoke products to support businesses and people leaders to effectively manage a free-range workforce, including a Flexible Working Policy and a Flexible Working Toolkit for Leaders, which can be customised to meet the unique needs of each business we partner with. In conjunction with our Flexible Working Policy and Toolkit, we coach people leaders on how to implement flexible work arrangements, how to set expectations, develop goals and review performance. We also facilitate employee consultation through change and provide robust HR advice to lay the foundations to enhance a Flexible working culture. It has been just over two years since the company launched and we are making progress towards our vision for a fairer, more diverse, and inclusive working population in New Zealand.

Why We Should Win The Peoples Choice Award

If you believe in diversity and inclusion in New Zealand's workforce then vote for Freerange Works! At Freerange Works we believe that New Zealand is made up of five million individuals and one size does not fit all, and we work tirelessly to help create change in this area. In 2019, we (Kerryn Strong and Sarah Brooke) handed in the stability of salaried jobs to establish Freerange Works, and dedicate our time and energy to improving the lives of working New Zealanders. Both mums of young children, this was a big undertaking with no income during the start-up months, but we remained committed to the cause, and our determination to help New Zealanders live their best life has kept us going. Flexible Working increases diversity and inclusion by allowing more people to work on a part-time basis. It also closes the gender pay gap as women who may not have been able to return to the workforce after having children can do so at a staggered rate or in the hours that suit their family life. This in turn also paves the way for more women in leadership roles, no matter their home or family responsibilities. However, it is not just for parents returning to work; it is about building a culture where you can fit work into your life rather than the other way around. The 9 to 5 working pattern just doesn't suit the way our communities operate in a modern world. Through our work, we have been supporting companies with implementing flexible working consistently across their businesses and providing tools and coaching for business owners and people leaders to use diversity of thought for better decision making. This way of thinking not only benefits the individual, but also the organisations and society as a whole as it allows a wider range of voices to be heard, valued and respected. When you vote for Freerange Works your voting for better work life balance for all New Zealanders.

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