Water Company Return-to-Work Program: Worker Tales


Water Company values the function dad and mom and carers play locally. They’re keen about creating an setting that’s inclusive and displays the variety of the group they serve. A spot the place everybody belongs. Versatile working permits their staff to stability their dwelling life with a rewarding, purpose-driven profession.

Really feel supported transitioning again to the workplace via Water Company’s Return to Work Program. That is your probability to be a part of an organisation that’s making a safer, sustainable water future for WA.

Right here’s what a few of Water Company staff must say about their return to work expertise and what it meant to them.

Water Corporation Elleke BosworthElleke Bosworth

 To start with      

Elleke has had an fascinating and assorted profession. She’s an ex-army officer and advisor who joined Water Company part-time. Beginning as a Company Compliance Coordinator, in a matter of years she moved her means up the ranks to Part Supervisor.

 After children      

She has had two profession breaks in her life. Each occasions to look after her children. And each occasions, she discovered the expertise thrilling and a bit scary. 


“You query whether or not you may nonetheless do it and whether or not you can even be a superb mum or dad. Within the personal sector, it was onerous to seek out work-life stability after returning to work, particularly after my second little one”.

However since beginning at Water Company, Elleke’s discovered the pliability she wanted. And loved many alternatives to develop and develop, whereas slowly rising her hours from 3 days to virtually full-time over 10 years.

 Discovering stability      

Whereas any versatile work association wants to suit with the function and enterprise wants, Elleke says Water Company accommodates the completely different wants of its individuals very well.  

“There are various completely different versatile working choices inside our groups: work at home days, RDOs (Rostered Days Off), versatile working hours, part-time preparations and so forth.”

 A tradition to be pleased with      

It’s not simply the profession selection and versatile hours Elleke enjoys. It’s also Water Company’s tradition, values and the distinction her function makes to WA.

I actually get pleasure from working for an organisation that gives worth to the group, and does this with integrity. I additionally actually worth working with nice individuals day by day, particularly in a fast-paced capital initiatives supply setting.

It’s a spot individuals wish to keep, due to its sturdy tradition and values, the individuals, the variety of labor and alternatives.”

“We’re proud to supply a versatile, supportive work setting the place our persons are empowered to discover a wholesome stability between their profession and their dwelling life; this may embrace part-time work or job-sharing, versatile begin and end occasions, bought go away, a 9-day fortnight, or shift swaps.”

– Kate Beattie
Water Company, Supervisor – Expertise Acquisition

Water Corporation Kate Beattie


Pascilia RukungaWater Corporation Pascilia Rukunga

 To start with      

Pascilia joined Water Company in 2012 as a knowledge architect and shortly had the chance to maneuver to a different space throughout the Data know-how group, contributing her abilities and experience to the information analytics group. Pascilia labored with a number of operational venture groups which gave her perception into the affect of knowledge and IT on core enterprise features.

She grew to become a pacesetter throughout the data know-how group in 2018. This chance paved the way in which to attain nice skilled development for Pascilia, whereas enabling her to work at a extra strategic degree throughout a number of initiatives.

Pascilia continued to attain success in her profession with Water Company and not too long ago commenced in a brand new function as a Supervisor – Structure Supply.

 After children      

Pascilia’s taken parental go away twice since working at Water Company. Each occasions, returning to work got here with a flood of emotion. Whereas she cherished interacting together with her friends once more, she discovered it troublesome to be away from her boys.

“It was very useful that Water Corp allowed some flexibility and I may normally work early and go away early to be dwelling with the youngsters.”

Regardless of this, Pascilia typically felt like she was enjoying catch up and says her “mummy mind fog” didn’t assist.

 “Happily, I used to be in a supportive setting, and this helped me navigate this era so I may rise up to hurry at a superb tempo.”

 Discovering stability      

What put Pascilla’s thoughts comfy, was her group additionally took benefit of versatile working preparations. Begin and end occasions assorted, staff have been based mostly at dwelling some days, and others discovered a 9-day fortnight suited their wants. This enabled everybody to really feel supported and appreciated.

Fortunately for Pascilia, she works with “a gaggle of good, supportive, and enjoyable colleagues. On the times I’m within the workplace there are loads of “good” jokes floating round, in addition to fascinating technical discussions to maintain me on my toes. This makes for an excellent stability.”

 A passionate, community-minded group      

Pascilia’s group can also be passionate concerning the work they do. Collectively, they contribute to creating a memorable and significant affect to communities throughout WA. Nevertheless it’s the way in which they rally collectively to assist varied charities and communities that Pascilia loves most. 

“In ITG, the giving program has seen the group bond and work higher collectively and I feel it’s via shared compassion and values.”

 An opportunity to develop      

It’s due to the breadth of those alternatives and her supportive group Pascilia has grown as an individual {and professional}. In her time at Water Company, she has developed her tech abilities, delved into innovation, learnt from colleagues, championed psychological well being and located her power in management.

“It’s a really rewarding feeling to know that you’re in a enterprise that’s delivering an important service to the individuals in Western Australia. And as a bonus, you get to work with an excellent bunch of individuals!” 

Rebecca Matsen

Rebecca is a change administration fanatic. She’s notably keen about making change keep and has spent the vast majority of her profession at Water Company of their Operations Group.

 To start with      

Being a single mum or dad when she joined Water Company 12 years in the past, flexibility was paramount..

“I began working part-time proper from the outset and have been capable of undertake a wide range of versatile work preparations through the years relying on the wants of my household.”

 After children      

Rebecca has since welcomed two extra kids into her household. She took a yr’s maternity go away for her second little one and two years for her third. When she returned to work, she began by working 3 days every week and has now labored her means as much as 4 days.

 Discovering stability      

Job sharing has allowed Rebecca higher flexibility. This association with Angela Davie means each ladies share the load of the function at work and nonetheless keep their household obligations.

“We are also capable of work flexibly to cowl vital college occasions and work at home when required.”

 A satisfying profession      

After 12 years, Rebecca nonetheless loves the very fact she will get to work with such nice individuals, delivering vital work locally – whereas continuously rising alongside the way in which.

“At Water Company it’s all concerning the nice individuals you get to work with and realizing you’re serving to the WA group. I’ve additionally been capable of study a lot concerning the water trade, and expertise a large spectrum of initiatives permitting me to construct my change administration abilities.”

Water Corporation RTW Rebecca Matsen & Angela DavieAngela Davie

 To start with      

Angela has amassed a wealth of expertise in her 12 years at Water Company. Beginning out as a private assistant, Angela’s onerous work and talent noticed her transfer to enterprise analyst, enterprise planning associate, steady enchancment specialist and now, change implementation supervisor. This can be a function she shares with fellow working mum or dad, Rebecca Matsen

 After her first little one      

Angela had her first little one in 2020 and was on maternity go away for 15 months. Like many working dad and mom, the transition again to work was large.

She was nervous about her daughter attending day care, how issues might need modified at work, and the way she’d stability each worlds.

Fortunately for Angela, Water Company was extremely empathetic.

“Most individuals perceive that household is a precedence. With day care comes a bunch of illness that wipes via the household. So gaining access to each sick/carers go away and the power to work at home has been actually nice.”

Returning to work in a staged course of additionally helped Angela really feel actually supported by the organisation. Initially coming again for two days every week, Angela was capable of ease into the change earlier than choosing up a third day after a few months. It was at this level she was promoted into the manger function she now shares with Rebecca.

 The fun of returning      

Regardless of the challenges of juggling her household’s wants, Angela was stunned to seek out how nice returning to work has been as a mum.

“I acquired my work persona again and felt like I may very well be extra than simply “mum” once more. I used to be capable of get a quiet espresso, join and socialise with individuals at work, and be alone on rest room breaks!”

 Discovering stability      

Realizing her wider group adopts a versatile method to work, has additionally aided the method of returning so seamlessly. Like her colleagues, Angela can regulate her begin and end occasions, work at home, or swap which days she’s within the workplace to enrich her dwelling wants. This flexibility permits her high quality time together with her daughter and means she will be able to attend vital coaching days and private appointments.

 A tradition of assist and development      

Daily, Angela will get to work with an excellent bunch of individuals, study one thing new and assist future-proof Western Australian’s entry to ingesting water.

“Water Company is a superb place to work if you happen to’re on the lookout for work life stability. The persons are pretty and are usually very supportive and understanding of the life you maintain outdoors of labor. I’ve additionally discovered the Company actually supportive when it comes to profession development. In case you are a can-do particular person and ready to work onerous, there are such a lot of alternatives to maneuver and develop your profession.”


Functions are actually open. Select from a spread of everlasting and fixed-term roles in Asset Planning & Supply, Operations Group and Data Know-how. Discover stability by working versatile hours, part-time, or work at home days.

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