A recent article, published in The Sunday Times, suggested that many women in the workplace felt that experienced a ‘glass ceiling’ in their careers, as a result of prolonged periods of leave due to maternity. However, a survey of over 2,000 women, conducted by website workingmums.co.uk suggests that if bosses embraced the concept of flexible working, many women would be less likely to extend their maternity leave entitlement.
Of all the respondents asked, over 80% of women stated that, flexible hours were one of their main priorities when considering taking on a position. This figure is in stark contrast to the 30% of women who felt extending the amount of time they had on maternity leave, was their most important priority.
The results of the report revealed that great steps have been made in terms of the support women felt they received from their employees- with over 65% of women stating that their bosses were very supportive of their maternity – however, 35% of the women asked still felt that their bosses had been unsupportive.
The fact that the number of mothers working in full time roles, has fallen by 15% from last year , while the number of mothers working in part time position has risen, suggests that many women feel they have to take on less challenging and more flexible roles after they have children.
If business owners, embrace the concept of flexible working, they could end up with a happy and more productive workforce.
Tuesday, 22 September 2009 12:28:10 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)