The gender gap affects every aspect of working regardless of your political stances, it’s a fact. Equality in the work-place is yet to be achieved and until then, it’s our responsibility to maintain the dialogue between men and women and their employers.
In a new study, researchers have found that women with flexible working schedules are more likely to prosper in their careers than men in similar situations, the Guardian reports.
A flexible arrangement, if you were wondering, is a work situation where the employee decides when, how and where they work. It’s a new practice to give trust and agency to employees – companies like Netflix and LinkedIn were early adopters.
The minds behind this experiement asked over 1,000 employees across Australia about their flexible arrangements and how they thought it reflected on them within their organisation.
In this study, it turns out, that women who took flexible arrangements felt they were more likely to be promoted to senior positions in their work places. And, inversely, men who had the same control felt less confident and committed to their employment. Men were also twice as likely to have their request for flexible work declined.
The reason for this? Ego. Men who took flexible hours felt judged for doing so. We could label this a product of the victimising patriarchy since men felt they needed to ‘man’ the helm as the omnipresent breadwinner but in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t make that much of a difference.
The truth is that desk space across all major cities is becoming scarce, and flexible arrangements are the best way to deal with that. Companies will just need to figure how to instil their male employees with the confidence to (wait for it) sit at home and do their work without feeling insecure. It’s tragic, really.