Flexible Working that Works
Freerange Works is a People and Culture Consultancy that was brought to life to meet the demand of the changing workforce.
Millennials and Gen Z rank ‘Flexibility’ and a ‘Positive Workplace Culture’ as top priorities when choosing a company to work for. This is an important thing to consider when businesses are competing for top talent.
Flexible working has moved well past mums or dads returning to work; it is about fitting 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.
New technologies – such as the many cloud-based and mobile apps – are driving the revolution. People no longer need to be in ‘the’ office to be productive. In fact, the opposite is true. When set up correctly the benefits of flexible working are undisputed. However, the barriers to acceptance are still strong.
Driving a Movement
There are misconceptions around what it means to be a flexible workplace; employers don’t always trust their employees, managers lack the tools and training to manage flexible workers effectively, and business owners can be resistant to change.
Being a flexible workplace requires a shift to managing by outputs instead of hours. Business owners and employers need to ask themselves – what would be happening in their business, the results they’d physically see, if everyone did what they were hired to do?
Do they need to SEE their people doing their jobs in order for them to achieve these outputs?
By setting meaningful KPIs with their people and ensuring managers are upskilled and confident to manage by outcomes, it will not matter where and when the work is being done and opens up a whole raft of flexible working options for themselves and their people.
Co-Founder & Consultant
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Kerryn Strong is an Organisational Development and HR specialist with a passion for driving culture change within SME businesses. Kerryn has served as the People and Culture representative at Executive level within her clients’ businesses and gets real satisfaction out of stepping in as the sounding board, advisor and coach to Leaders and Executives who realise the value in enhancing their company culture and their peoples’ experience at work.
Kerryn is a flexible worker herself, always ensuring there’s time to enjoy the outdoors in Maraetai with her husband and two young boys, as well as getting along to a gym class whenever there’s an hour spare.
Co-Founder & Consultant
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Sarah Brooke is a Change Communications Specialist who has been involved in a variety of large organisational change programmes spanning more than 10 years. Her career has been focussed on large organisations in the public sector where she has worked on improving company cultures and most recently been involved in a ‘flexible working by default’ pilot.
Sarah is a mum of three young children and has been successfully working ‘free range’ for the past 5 years. She is passionate about flexible working and the benefits it brings to employers and employees alike.
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Kim Ahern is a professional Human Resources Consultant and Accredited Mindfulness Coach with over 20 years’ experience in generalist HR management and consultancy positions. With a graduate diploma in Human Resources Management, Kim has spent her career working across multiple industries, assisting businesses to grow their company culture, develop their teams and minimise their risks through effective HR, coaching and training solutions. Having more recently become a mindfulness facilitator, she is passionate about helping employers to support their employees’ mental health in the workplace.
After travelling extensively and raising her children whilst working ‘free range’ during the past 13 years, Kim and her family now live on the edge of the Auckland/Hauraki region enjoying the lifestyle working ‘free range’ provides – walking the dogs, kayaking and hiking the nearby bushwalks.
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Laura is an experienced Human Resources Consultant with a demonstrated history of working with SME businesses across a variety of industries. Laura enjoys working in partnership with business leaders to understand the different aspects of their people and operations, to execute effective HR and OD solutions that drive and support their culture and objectives.
Working ‘free-range’ is relatively new to Laura, going from a highly career centric individual, to enjoying the balance of work and being a mum to her two young daughters. Laura and her family reside in the Franklin district enjoying being central to both the East and West Coast. Every spare opportunity they have they aim to get out on the boat for either a cheeky fish or a bit of exploring.
Briar Kelly manages our accounts and administration. With over 15 years’ experience in Account Management in Travel and Tourism, she has a sharp eye for detail and an infectious enthusiasm.
Flexible working allows Briar to be a hands-on mum to her two young boys while also studying a Certificate in Health Science through the Naturopathic College of New Zealand.
For our clients,
our candidates and
WE BELIEVE IN
in all that
In a world that lives to work
We believe it’s time for change
To forget about 9 to 5 and bums on seats
To challenge the way we do things around here
To ask ‘why not?’ rather than ‘why?’
By educating, training and recruiting
Our aim is to drive lasting and meaningful change
With a flexible workforce of people
Who are trusted to work how, when and where they wish
Proving that productivity can happen from anywhere
Creating a New Zealand where it’s okay to fit work
into your life
And not the other way around
Are you with us?
"For the last three and a half years when starting Little Ones, Nicky Barker and I have worked random hours of the day around our children and from completely different parts of the country. So we thought why can’t the rest of our employees as well?"
"We engaged Kerryn Strong at Freerange Works to help create a fully flexible working environment which is working fantastically for our 20 employees and contractors who live right around the globe."
"The team at Freerange Works are just brilliant. The whole experience was very professional and positive through quite a challenging time for my business. They answered all my questions, explained in great detail the entire process and handled everything for me. I recommend them highly."
Lisa Travis, Owner – The Beauty Clinic
"I approached Freerange Works to find me an employee. They were very professional, efficient and easy to deal with. The candidates they selected were well chosen, ensuring that I was able to employ the most suitable employee. Freerange Works will make any employer's job easier and stress free."
Lindsay Hope, Owner – Hope & Associates
"I engaged Freerange Works to get our HR procedures and policies in line. We employed our first staff member and having Freerange Works there to assist and guide me through the process was so helpful. Kerryn took the lead on creating new employment contracts and put range of policies into place. Given my lack of knowledge in this area as well being time-poor running my own business it really was key having someone manage this process to ensure that all requirements were covered. The whole process from start to finish including great communication and follow up from Kerryn was outstanding. We’ll definitely be calling upon Freerange Works when the need arises."
Rose Barbarich, Founder – General Collective
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