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.
- Just 20% of employers feel the recent legislation to make it a legal right to request flexible working has improved the adoption of flexible working.
- 61% of employees feel their organisation has become more flexible in the last two years.
- But nearly 80% of comments were negative or at best ambivalent about the attitudes of employers – organisations and line managers – towards flexible working and the people who want to or are working flexibly.
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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Let’s make flexible working a routine ‘norm’ rather than a company benefit. The business landscape is ready for it so we believe this is the perfect time to go for it. Thanks for reading.
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.