Australia: Equilibrium Man Challenge shows flexible work for men is possible
Last Updated: 16 March 2016

The year-long Equilibrium Man Challenge concluded at an event at Corrs today. The Challenge undertaken by five high-achieving men has demonstrated flexible work is possible for everyone, even lawyers.

Sponsored by Telstra and Mirvac and supported by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and the Diversity Council Australia, the Challenge was a world first documentary series intended to accelerate the take-up of flexible work practices to become mainstream for both men and women.

The Challenge followed the lives of five men who changed the way they worked, from a range of professions, including telecommunications, construction and law.

Four of the five Equilibrium Men shared their experience in a panel discussion facilitated by respected ABC journalist Annabel Crabb. Through moving to flexible working arrangements to accommodating family and other interests, by changing their work hours, reducing work hours or working some days from home, the men proved they can work flexibly.

Corrs' Equilibrium Man, partner and Financial Services practice group leader, Michael Chaaya, was motivated by a desire to make long-lasting generational change and challenge the most persistent biases about flexible workers in the legal profession: "It is no secret that we are in a increasingly competitive global environment, where clients are under pressure and have changing needs, and lawyers have competing life priorities.

"However, lawyers need to be bold and challenge the way work has traditionally been done in a law firm and flexibility is a key enabler to making this happen.  As employers, whether we like it or not, the generation of lawyers coming after us and working their way up through the ranks will be expecting nothing less."

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