Flex Able Certification

How can you tell which employer is truly walking the talk?

At WORK180 we’re all about making it easy for women to find organizations where they can thrive. 

Companies with the most engaged workforces offer flexibility and are focused on creating an inclusive culture where the reason for needing flexibility does not matter.

Whether it’s for those with caring commitments, health reasons, sporting interests, or even for people looking for an alternative to retirement, flexible working arrangements benefit everyone.

Hear from Kelly Kirby from Atlassian on what flexibility means to her:

Our Flex Able Certification is awarded to organizations after a careful examination of when, where and how the company's employees work to ensure flexible work options are a reality.

Flex Able Certification Badge

What is the criteria for organizations to become Flex Able Certified?

The purpose of the WORK180 Flex Able Certification is to allow employers that walk the talk on flexible working to differentiate themselves from other employers and be easily identifiable to job seekers who value flexible working arrangements.

The Flex Able Certification is an annual audit process based on evidence of the following:

  • The CEO and senior leadership team support flexible working. The tone at the top is a key driver for the implementation and uptake of flexible working throughout an organization.
  • A number of flexible working arrangements are on offer and are supported throughout the organization. We recognize flexibility means different things to individuals and there are many forms of both formal and informal flexible working arrangements.
  • Flexible working is promoted to employees so they are aware it is available to everyone and their career will not be limited by using it.
  • Managers are supported in their management of flexible work arrangements.


Flex Able Certified Employers

What are the Business Benefits of Flexibility?

In 2019, Crain’s Future of Work survey showed that 78% of the respondents cited flexible schedules and telecommuting as the most effective nonmonetary way to retain employees - and this number is growing.

The 2019 IWG Workplace survey has its own fascinating statistic; 77% of businesses become more successful by offering flexible working, enabling them to attract and retain top talent.

But despite numerous business benefits of flexibility including increased productivity, savings in real estate, lower turnover and increased innovation, less than 50% of nonpublic sector organizations with over 100 employees offer and support flexible work. The issue is, many organizations claim to offer flexibility, but don’t actually walk the talk.

WORK180 conducted a survey at the beginning of 2017 to identify the top priorities for women in the workplace. We found that flexible working policies were among the most valued priorities. Yet, less than 50% of the nonpublic sector offers flexibility. At WORK180 you can find out the level of flexibility within an organization by looking out for the Flex Able Certification.

Become Flex Able Certified

Flex Able Certified employers stand out by positioning themselves as providing a truly flexible environment and candidates are assured they’re able to discuss working flexibly upfront at the interview stage. We’ve had tremendous results for corporate clients, in particular in non-traditional industries who have been transparent about how they support women’s careers- the Flex Able certification is for those who place a strong focus on flexibility in addition to being an employer of choice for women.

To check if you qualify to be Flex Able Certified, please fill in the form and we’ll get back to you.