After the demise of performance reviews, the next big thing is getting to work when and where you want

Taking flexible working to new heights. Ian Gavan/Getty Images for O2

PricewaterhouseCoopers is the latest big professional services group to make big changes in the way employees are managed, this time extending flexible working.

Annual performance reviews, that now discredited way of judging the progress of staff, are being phased out at Deloitte in a global program being led by the Australian arm.

Now PwC is allowing its staff to decide when and where they work.

The program launched in Australia today with all 6000 staff getting a slinky, those bendy wire spring playthings, a gift designed to help staff to think about working hours and flexibility.

Debra Eckersley, the human capital partner for PwC Australia, says the All Role Flex program encourages staff to talk to their managers about the hours they work.

For example, Eckersley flew to Melbourne from Sydney today, but didn’t leave home for the airport until 10.30am, allowing her to take spend more time with her children. She won’t get home until late in the night.

“It’s not about working nine to five,” she told Business Insider. “It’s about flexing the day to achieve what we have to do today, both at home and at work.

“We’ve got thousands of employees who work very differently each day. This is about opening up that conversation so that everyone feels empowered.”

Eckersley says staff know it’s all about delivering a service to clients.

“We do trust our people and we have high expectations of performance as well,” she says.

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