This week is National Work Life Week (11 – 15 October).
Research carried out by charity Working Families has revealed that 41% of working mothers believe being a parent is holding them back from promotion. 50% of workers with additional caring responsibilities state the same.
755 British parents with children 18 years old and under, who were either working or on flexi furlough in August this year were surveyed, with nearly half (44%) disagreeing when asked if their senior leaders are positive work-life balance role models. Worryingly, more than a third (38%) stated they felt those who work the longest hours are most respected by managers.
In addition, more than half 54% said their organisation supports parents and people with caring responsibilities effectively.
More than a third (36%) of working parents, and almost half (48%) of carers reported that now lockdown is over, they worry taking time off for caring needs will be frowned upon at work.
Jane van Zyl, CEO of Working Families, said it was “depressing” that in 2021 many women and those with caring responsibilities are finding that it is hampering their career.
She acknowledged that increasingly high numbers of managers and leaders are recognising the benefits of family-friendly ways of working, but added that there are still “pockets of resistance” across sectors, warning that “those resisting positive change will find it comes back to bite them.”
Pointing to the importance parents put on work-life balance, Van Zyl said: “Faced with a choice between an employer who puts effort into employee wellbeing and one that celebrates unhealthy working practices, I think we can all guess where the best and brightest talent is going to go.”
She added: “This National Work Life Week, we want to encourage employers to build back from Covid with increased focus on helping their teams get the balance between work and home right, and use it as an opportunity to have some open conversations with their employees about the change they want to see.
At advo, we appear to be bucking this trend, as the majority of our management team are mothers or have caring responsibilities!
Original article here.