Agile Working

Equal Lives reveals that men and women have very similar attitudes and desires in relation to balancing work and caring responsibilities.During 2018, over 10,000 employees told us about their experiences, attitudes and aspirations in relation to balancing professional employment with personal caring responsibilities for both children and adults. Equal Lives shows that caring responsibilities outside of work impacts how engaged employees are at work, their ability to progress and impetus to leave, as well as relationships within teams at work. It suggests that if employers are to create healthy and productive workplace cultures they will need to recognise individual employee needs and aspirations outside of work; taking steps to reduce the gap between their employees’ attitudes and the reality of day-to-day organisational behaviours. Currently, in the UK, nine in ten households with dependent children have working parents.Helping parents to combine caring and work – in jobs that match their skills – is seen by HM Treasury as key to long-term UK productivity.   
Not all women are the same. Today older women often lose out to younger counterparts and the disparities of gender inequality become exaggerated with age. Employers need to understand the needs of older women to advance and support them in the workplace.
If you are serious about change, you as CEO's need to take the lead on women’s progression, moving this from a diversity initiative to a core business priority.

Without senior women, why would you think you can progress? You need to see them at all levels so you know you can be there too.

- Focus Group Participant

Create a truly agile organisation, with women and men able to work in a way that makes them productive and engaged.
Demonstrate visible leadership in tackling bullying, harassment and sexual harassment; send a clear message to all employees that poor behaviour should be called out and turn ‘zero tolerance’ policy into a reality. Provide informal methods of reporting.
Consult with women in your organisation about the changes they would like see to enable more women to succeed.
For the purposes of our analyis and report, we refer to this group of industries collectively as the STEM sector:  This includes, Construction, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas, Electricity, Water Supply, Waste Management, Scientific & Technical Services and Telecommunications / Information Technology.