If we aspire to adapt to the workplace of the future and the desires of both genders to play meaningful parenting roles, we need strong leadership from leaders and significant role models to make flexible working a success for men and womenIn order to advance gender equality in the workplace, flexible work arrangements must be available and actively supported for both genders. According to joint CEW and Bain & Co research, less than 50% of Australian organisations have a workplace flexibility policy and even when such policies exist, there are barriers to effective utilisation. This is in spite of evidence that where flexible arrangements are widely used, all employees are four times more engaged than in organisations with no flexible options.
Chief Executive Women believes that organisations have much to gain by actively encouraging the uptake of flexible work arrangements. Crucially, flexible arrangements must work successfully for men and women, and be underpinned by clear policies around promotion and compensation when working flexibly and a culture that is supportive and respectful of flexible work.