New ways of working stories
If you can think outside of the box – why work in one?
At EY every day is different so we’re changing how we think about work, by taking a trust led approach and embracing different possibilities, so we can start to give you the flexibility you need to work your way and get more out of life.
See how flexible working helps our people to get more out of life.
How do you get more out of life?
Thinking outside of the box
- What works for me is the type of flexibility you can access and how you build flexibility into your working week
I found the Partners were very supportive in scaling down the engagements I was involved in. I ensure I always demonstrated strong prioritization and time management skills.
Siamala D Deakarajen
Senior Manager, TAS (CT-Restructuring), Singapore
Over 4 years ago, I made a decision I wanted to spend more time with my young kids, as I was finding it difficult to juggle career and family life. My two children were young, and my husband had very erratic working hours….so I really wanted one of us to be there for them when they were home from school. It was a personal choice.
I worked with my Partners to create a part time work arrangement, and for the next 2 years, I worked from 8-1pm each day. For this arrangement to be successful required balance on both sides. I found the Partners were very supportive in scaling down the engagements I was involved in. I ensure I always demonstrated strong prioritization and time management skills to ensure all the critical meetings were scheduled with in this window.
After two years of this working very successfully, the Partners felt that I was contributing more than the part time hours, so suggested I consider a flexible way of working which enabled me to continue to upgrade my engagements, whilst still meeting my life priorities.
Now I work half of every day from home – meaning I come in either in the morning or afternoon, depending on how I schedule my meetings. Given my children are older now, this arrangement works really well. I find I am now often described as a ‘role model’ of how well this flexible arrangement can work.
- I was initially surprised to learn about EY’s commitment to making flexible working a reality for our team
I’m mindful to make sure I observe boundaries around my work and life. Everyday it’s a balancing act which can be somewhat challenging in a client-focused business with tight deadlines, but with good planning, team trust and communications you can make it work.
Senior Manager, Assurance FSO, Sydney
As a senior manager in the growing FSO Assurance team I was initially surprised to learn about EY’s commitment to making flexible working a reality for our team.
I now work four days a weeks since having my two children. I suggested the arrangement to my leaders and I was delighted by their support to make flexible working happen for me. My team and I have access to the right technology for remote working. Which when combined with open communication is key to making flexible work arrangement a success.
Being able to balance my career and personal responsibilities helps me get more out of life because I haven’t had to make a sacrifice. I can enjoy spending precious time with my children, watch them grow, I haven’t had to miss any key moments and we can save costs on child care.
Good organisational skills definitely helps with making the arrangement work. I am also able to enjoy flexibility around my working hours. I’m mindful to make sure I observe boundaries around my work and life. Everyday it’s a balancing act which can be somewhat challenging in a client-focused business with tight deadlines, but with good planning, team trust and communications you can make it work.
- I’m eternally grateful to the organisation, my superiors and teams who have allowed me to be on various Flexible Work Arrangements.
With my current work arrangement, I can continue to contribute at work and have time to attend to my little one. The beauty of this arrangement is that I’m kept abreast of the business world and I can still bring my son to playdate in the afternoon or playground in the evening, watch him grow day-by-day and achieve various milestones with him in the first few months and years of his life.
Senior Manager, Talent Team, Malaysia
I have a pretty interesting career journey in EY. I started my career at EY by joining the firm’s audit graduate scheme. I took a ten-month career break to soul-search and rejoined in April 2009. I was approached by EY to assist with a special project for a key client. I rejoined EY’s Talent Team in October 2009, which was a complete career change. In 2015, I extended my maternity leave and took another career break to spend quality and precious time with my first child. It was a priceless nine-month break! And in January 2016, I returned to work on a reduced schedule working arrangement.
In my honest opinion, you don’t need to choose between career and family. You can have both. If Flexible Work Arrangements (FWAs) are available, have an open discussion with your superior and team, and family and explore which option suits your needs the most.
I’ve gained so much professionally and personally from the exceptional EY experience due to the strong people culture. I’m eternally grateful to the organisation, my superiors and teams who have supported me throughout my career in EY and allowed me to be on various FWAs, including career breaks, extended maternity leave, career change and reduced work schedule. They are always ready to listen and explore alternative options that work for me. Without their support and understanding, I’d not be where I’m now - having a meaningful career and spending priceless time with my family.
By working flexibly I can get more out of life by spending time doing the activities my children and I love.
By working flexibly, I can get more out of life by watching my little boy grow up!
By working flexibly I can get more out of life by balancing my work and life in Perth, Australia with spending time with family and friends in the UK.
I get more out of life by taking some time out in my day to look after my new puppy, and catching up in the evenings when he is asleep.
I get more out life by leaving work in time to make my favorite yoga classes, this reduces stress and helps me keep fit.
By working flexibly I can get more out of life by focusing on my next career as a commercial pilot.
I can get more out of life by meeting the demands of work while being able to spend time with my loved ones. I got to celebrate the recent mid-Autumn festival with my family and I could continue my work after my kids are in bed.
Siamala D Deakarajen
I can get more out of life by having an interesting and rewarding career and still be there for my family and young children.
Nam Soon Liew
I get more of life through flexible working by spending quality bonding time with my family.