We all know what flexible working is, but how many employers actively offer it and how many employees do it?
A report by Digital Mums found that if businesses did offer more flexible working options, the economy could be boosted by a massive £62.5 billion a year.
Looking at stay-at-home mums, it is clear that motherhood can have an impact on women's careers at all levels. The impact of motherhood on employment goes beyond those who leave employment to care for their children. The majority of mothers do return to work at some point after having a child. However, because of the demands of childcare, women do not always return to the amount of work or quality of work they were previously engaged in. If the option of flexible working was introduced it would provide women the opportunity to somewhat stay engaged in their career whilst also meeting the demands of their children. This would allow women to stay on top of their career and also relieve the stresses of getting back into work.
More than a third of working mums would increase the number of hours they worked each week if they could work flexibly. Based on the average increase across this group, flexible working has the potential to boost working hours by an additional 36 million hours per week across the UK and based on the average relationship between working hours and economic output, this could provide a £62.5 billion boost to output across the UK economy. It's a no-brainer really.
While working from home may not be suitable for every industry, it's very beneficial to the majority and especially mums. Demand for flexible working is increasing and employer attitudes need to start changing.
Businesses who want to attract and motivate the best talent need to recognise that in an increasingly busy digital world, where managing work-life balance is more complex, flexible working is a key consideration for employees applying for a new role,” said Jason