Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion


Paving the way for flexible working

In 2016, parts of our construction operations in Australia commenced a cultural change journey to ensure our sites are an enjoyable and healthy place to work for all.

Restricted flexibility of work hours and practices and excessive hours were identified as key causes for industry wide issues including skills shortages and a lack of diversity.

Employee workshops across Australia identified three key steps towards achieving greater flexibility: ensuring healthy hours of work; pioneering the ‘5 in 7’ work week; and promoting flexible work practices.

Initially, we set limits on total hours of work and weekend work. In July 2017, we began to bid all jobs on the basis of a ‘5 in 7’ program (where all employees have two days rest in every seven).

More than half the business has adopted the 5 in 7 approach, and already observing positive changes in attraction, retention, performance and morale of site based employees.

Lendlease is leading an industry collaboration through the Australian Constructors Association to drive similar commitment to cultural change across all stakeholders in the industry.

5 in 7 - we've come a long way

More than 50% of our projects are currently experimenting in ways to work 5 in 7. That's a great achievement and a fantastic step in the right direction.

Together, we're changing our industry for the better. Let's keep it up!