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Flexible Working Deflates the “Carmageddon” Hysteria

By February 18, 20162 Comments

How was your commute today?  That is a question predominantly aimed at all of my Auckland readership.  If the hysteria being whipped up by the media around the Auckland bus strike is anything to go by, I’m assuming many of you will be reading today’s blog post from your car, stuck in complete gridlock on one of Auckland’s arterial routes.


But surely it must be the case… If the NZ Herald sees fit to publish rolling coverage of “Carmageddon” it must be bad out there.  Certainly there is revolution in the air among the bus drivers:

“One driver has gone rogue and has started throwing eggs at company management heading through the picket to work.”

This is revolutionary stuff, industrial action on a scale barely imaginable and bringing this fine city to its knees.  Or so the media want you to believe.  But I recently sailed into work under the harbour bridge (on a very packed ferry) and saw nothing but free-flowing traffic.  How odd.

And then this:


Followed by this:


I was expecting to write today’s blog about how all the talk of “flexible working” and remote access to cloud computing systems can hardly be happening.  But maybe it is, after all.  Because despite the media’s best efforts, it seems like many Aucklanders have managed just fine without the buses today.

Hands up if you’re in recruitment, and have the option to work flexibly?  Other hand up if you’ve taken advantage of that today?  Now put your hands down, your neighbours really don’t need to see your armpits.

Flexible working for recruiters should be an absolute given, in my opinion.  Clearly I’m biased, having nailed our colours to this particular mast with our own virtualRPO recruitment model.  But seriously, if you’re working for an employer who requires you to be at your desk from 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday regardless of your activity levels and billings – you need to think hard about where your career is going.

As this interesting LinkedIn post suggests, the “gig” economy that is being championed by companies like Uber means that even “flexible working” is starting to look constrictive.  If you have skills that are in demand (as we recruiters do, currently) then you should be able to apply your skills wherever and whenever you wish.  Fanciful thinking, for sure, and a step way too far for many recruitment agencies, but food for thought I would hope.

Finally for today, I’d like to announce the opening of our new Wellington office next week.  We are delighted and privileged to be welcoming Wendy Alexander to our team.  If you’re a Wellington recruiter or HR pro where this post has struck a chord, please do let us know, Wendy would love to hear from you!

OK, that’s more than enough plugging for one blog post, have an awesome Friday everyone and Aucklanders:  drive safe 🙂

Jonathan Rice

Director of New Zealand rec-to-rec firm Rice & Co, co-founder of freelance recruiter platform JOYN, and people-centric technology firm superHUMAN Software. Recruitment innovator, agitator and frustrated idealist, father of two, husband of one, and lover of all things Arsenal and crafty beer.


  • Brad Stewart says:

    I counted six cars on the Pakuranga highway in front of me this morning during “rush hour” where there are usually at least one hundred??? I had time to stop at a cafe for a coffee and bap and still be early!

    Congratulations re Wellington!


  • Kirsty Hunt says:

    I shot up north on Friday to continue working from the bach … made my calls from the car, cleared my mail from my phone, responded to two proposals from my desk with a view and picked up two new clients and two new contractors … technology plus flexible work = beautiful life! NZ has always been early adopter of technology, I believe we will be early adopter of flexible workforce or human cloud as you pointed out in a recent blog! Congrats on Wellington!