Jim Nemeth, Group GM Tax, Australia

Jim is a single full-time parent with a son who has an intellectual disability. While he has excellent support from a carer as well as school, the challenges and demands can be difficult to predict, so he needs a certain amount of flexibility to adequately care for his son. Most of the time Jim can work normal hours, but he has an informal flexibility arrangement that allows him to deal with the unexpected and is fully supported by his line manager. In nearly two years at ANZ this has always allowed Jim to fully meet his responsibilities to ANZ and his son.

Vanessa Lapeyre is a Senior Commercialisation Manager in Global Transaction Banking and works 4 days a week.

"If I didn't have flexibility in my job, I would not be able to work," says Vanessa – who works 3 days from the office and 1 from home.

Vanessa has a 10 year old son who has Autism.This is a medical condition which can be debilitating, requiring a high degree of intervention and support from skilled professionals.

Vanessa explains why flexibility is important to her; "In the first few year's of Jordan's diagnosis, I spent a lot of time on the road driving him from one appointment to another.Without the great support and understanding of my senior management team, I would have had to resign.Being able to work flexible days and times to accommodate these specialist appointments, allows me to meet my work commitments and also ensures that my son continues to receive the help he so desperately needs."

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