Posted on 13th July 2017
Our Flexible Working Survey 2017 Yes I work part-time. But I still want to be taken seriously.
revealed that flexible working has come a long way in the last ten years. But more still needs to be done to bring it into mainstream consciousness.
With so many benefits for businesses seeking great quality professional staff, flexible workers need to be taken seriously. That means a better promotion structure, more incentives and more respect for flexible workers across the board.
Our report outlines that professionals feel improved gender representation, equal pay audits, HR performance-based reviews rather than presenteeism and more senior managers working flexibly would all help to improve attitudes to flexible working.
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If men do it, it’ll be taken seriously.
Is flexible working a female issue? Our Flexible Working Survey 2017 would suggest so. But the controversial viewpoint prevails that this is one of the reasons why it isn’t taken seriously enough by the world of business.
When asked what would improve the adoption of flexible working, some said men were key to change. One respondent stated, “More men need to take up part-time working. At the moment flexible working is seen as very much a female need and therefore not taken as seriously.
We approached employees and businesses alike to get their views for our Flexible Working Survey 2017. But 96% of employees of the 1,150 people who completed the survey were women. After all, it’s still largely women who want to work flexibly to meet the demands of work and family life.
While more men are choosing to work flexibly and more are becoming stay-at-home-dads, one working parent usually has to progress their career in order to bring home a good salary.
It’s our view that until we see more professional roles being opened up to part-time and flexible workers, we will have to wait until we see a better gender balance and a narrowing of the gender pay gap. So flexible working needs to be taken seriously by employers regardless of gender.
The benefits for businesses should be gender neutral: greater employee retention, access to a wider talent pool, reduced absenteeism and improved productivity all equal great reasons for choosing to open up vacancies to flexible workers.
"As the local hospice for the area, it’s great that we receive so much support from the BHBPA. Last year the members raised an amazing £2150 through activities such as Bake Off and the BHBiz Awards. Each well planned members meeting enables good networking opportunities and speakers that are relevant to the present climate and local issues. We are proud to be members of BHBPA."
"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."
"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."
"As MP for Mid Sussex I believe passionately in the importance of a vibrant local business community in order to create and sustain fantastic opportunities that enable people to meet their responsibilities, prosper and fulfil their potential. I am committed to collaborating with BHBPA and others to be an effective collective voice for Burgess Hill."