18 November 2019 - Secretary’s workplace locations update message

8 months ago

Hi everyone,

I wanted to update you on our Future Workplace program, which is all about making collaboration easier and ensuring our people’s experience in the workplace is more consistent across the Transport cluster, for both our regional and metropolitan Sydney offices.

In my message on 23 October, I said that leaders would begin sharing the first stage of proposed Sydney office moves with you from Monday 18 November. Unfortunately, the critical bushfire situation meant we had to postpone this week’s planned Transport cluster leadership forum to next Tuesday 19 November. It was essential that we instead focused our attention as leaders on responding to the bushfires across NSW.

It’s important that our leaders are briefed first on the workplace changes so they can talk to their teams, which will happen on Tuesday, so that now means we will be sharing the information with you in a series of briefings from Wednesday 20 November, and available online later in the day.

I appreciate this is two days later than originally planned, however, I believe it was the right call to make and you will still have plenty of time to provide your feedback on the proposed moves up until the consultation period closes on 6 December.

First stage of office locations moves in 2020. The moves in 2020 are focused broadly on our Sydney CBD and northern Sydney office locations, with reviews of the remaining Sydney metropolitan locations and regional locations across NSW happening later.

In early November, we shared the office locations that were under review. I also said that we would consider teams at other sites if it makes sense to co-locate teams that need to work closely together. I would like to reiterate that these moves are all about enabling our teams across the cluster to work better together and to ensure our new way of operating can be achieved.

Work location is an important issue for everyone and a factor to consider in your work-life balance. For this reason, there will be a big focus on providing more information over coming weeks and months. There will be briefing sessions and you will have the chance to ask questions about the proposed moves. You will also be able to access a range of services designed to support and help you work through the personal impact of these location changes.

The Future Workplace intranet page will have more information about workplace location moves and answers to many of your questions.

Lastly, thank you all for your continued focus on keeping our transport network running and people and goods moving during this difficult time for many communities which are impacted by the bushfires across NSW. People are relying on us and I’m proud to say we are continuing to deliver our best for the people of NSW.

Rodd Staples