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Gender diversity and inclusion at NAB

A diverse workplace is an important ingredient for diversity of thought, that challenges the status quo and helps us all to grow.

Having a workplace that celebrates and supports people's lives outside the workplace is important. It's particularly important for women, who for too long have borne the weight of too much expectation that they'll leave their home selves at the door of the office. They've borne this expectation with incredible grace and resilience – but something needs to change.

In early April, National Australia Bank advertised five new part-time roles that are formally structured around school hours. The roles already have flexibility built into them, with work hours scheduled within school hours and school holidays off –removing the need for applicants to negotiate flexible working arrangements.

Situated within the Wealth Finance team, these flexible jobs recognise that people with the best skills aren't always going to be available during "traditional" working hours. NAB's objective with these roles is to show that having a fulfilling career and a life outside of work aren't mutually exclusive. The Wealth Finance team will work with the successful applicants to ensure working arrangements reflect the flexibility they require, and the intent of the initiative.

NAB Group Executive Wealth, Andrew Hagger says it is all part of NAB's commitment as a major employer in Australia to playing a leadership role in promoting flexible working conditions that help improve workplace productivity and employee satisfaction.

"It is my hope that we attract both men and women to apply. And, that through the successful candidates we can show that having a fulfilling career and a fulfilling life aren't mutually exclusive" Mr Hagger says.

"We need to keep evolving what flexibility can look like in the workplace to allow both sides of life to flourish – not only for women but for men too."

In the end everyone benefits – women, men, children, workplaces and the economy.