The loss of experienced, capable women to the workforce is a systemic challenge to UK plc. It costs the economy, hurts companies and damages the career prospects of some of the country’s brightest talent – forced into a binary choice between the demands of work and family life.
By offering flexible working, employers can help solve this problem – not only to attract and retain this talent but to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce, both of which increase productivity and profitability.
The old model of sitting at a desk in an office from 9 to 5 is evolving – driven by technology, society and more recently, the Covid pandemic. The younger generation is also pushing for a greater work-life integration.