Michelle Taylor, a Human Resources Divisional Consultant works from home 1 day per week.

“Following the parental leave I took for my first child I returned to work 3 days a week, working one of these days from home. From a work perspective this is great - I am able to organise most of my meetings on my two 'in office' days and use my work from home day to really knuckle down and produce some quality work. I definitely find I am more productive on this day as there are minimal distractions and a quiet atmosphere; I lock myself in my study - allowing me to reflect and think more strategically.

ANZs teleconference and ANZ Connect systems work fantastically for me and ensure I can communicate effectively with my manager, internal customers and colleagues - just as if I am physically in the office.

From a personal perspective this arrangement is also brilliant. My son is cared for by his grandparents on this day, so I don't have to worry about childcare or being late in to work. While it is fantastic to have a stress free morning, working from home also allows me to feed and bath my son after I have logged off for the day and get to spend some quality time with him before he goes to bed.

Working from home requires self discipline, a supportive manager and colleagues. Having these arrangements in place allows me to be more productive and manage my work/life balance.”

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