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Equal parenting is the only solution to RTO

by Feb 20, 2024

Equal parenting is the only solution to the ‘return to office’

 

There is no doubt the post-pandemic RTO drive will impact parents. Organisations have already indicated they will favour those pursuing the presence route of being back in the office with a “career.”  Those who opt to work remotely, or hybrid, will be seen as wanting to settle for a “job.”

Research suggests that remote workers are getting promoted 31% less frequently than people who work in the office at least part-time, per new 2023 figures from Live Data Technologies. Those working from home also receive fewer mentoring opportunities

Women tend to favour hybrid or remote work to meet their childcare and other domestic responsibilities in their invisible workload. About 75% of the gender pay gap can be attributed to the motherhood penalty. The gender pay gap is also 3 x higher for women over 40 to under 40.

But Research from Behavioural Insights suggests that men also want to have flexibility in their working arrangements.

Equal parenting

Equal parenting is emerging as a critical solution to deliver gender balance in the corporate world. Men find if they take the odd hour here or there to go to a school concert or sports day, that is perceived as “cute.” But if they want to be hands-on and active parents then they too are penalised.

Currently, women are opting for remote work at a higher rate than men. Research from Flex Jobs suggests that 60% of women reported enjoying having more flexibility over their work schedules, giving them increased opportunities to make time for work and family.

Another study found that 19% of women said they never want to return to in-person work, compared to only 7% of men. A recent LinkedIn survey also found that women are 26% more likely than men to apply to work remotely. Other research found that women want to work from home 50% more than men among college graduates with young children.

 

Equal parenting

Gender experiences

Research from Positive Group reveals that 72% of female respondents (versus 67% of male respondents) reported finding remote working a positive experience. Female respondents indicated that “working from home was a necessity,” 12% more than male respondents.

Their research also revealed that women were able to find a sense of belonging while working from home more than their male counterparts, who indicated a greater need to go into the office. Women employees felt they were “more able to be productive, engage with tasks and manage their workload effectively when working remotely” while men reported no significant difference between office and remote working.

The connection between a sense of belonging, productivity, and engagement is well documented. With men experiencing a 9% deficit, the push to return starts to make sense. If they were involved in equal parenting perhaps that number would shift with an increase in their domestic responsibilities.Wa

Gender balance at home

With all these different forces coming into play, women feel more positive working from home because it is less stressful for them. However, organisations are currently discriminating against them for not spending more time in the office.

Read: 3 career conversations to kick start your career strategy in 2024 – 3 Plus International

So it seems yet again to achieve greater gender balance in the workplace we need greater gender balance at home. That means equal parenting and more equitable access to flex working conditions.

If your organisation seeks gender balance contact 3Plus NOW

 

 

Dorothy Dalton Administrator
Dorothy Dalton is CEO of 3Plus International. A specialist in diversity and bias conscious executive search, she supports organizations to achieve business success via gender balance, diversity and inclusion. She is CIPD qualified, and a certified coach and trainer including digital learning.
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