Experienced Headhunter Romanie Thomas has a decade of helping companies to find outstanding senior staff. But during that decade she saw very little progress on gender diversity at leadership level. Today, less than 10% of business leaders are women. Her vision is to grow this percentage to 50% by 2027.
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Due to societal, practical and historical reasons, women have a heavier personal/family load and therefore less “give” when it comes to paid work. It is also true that given women have been historically marginalised by traditional businesses who did now allow for flexibility, they will naturally look for flexibility as not only does this meet their needs, it is a strong indicator of progression generally.
I strongly believe however that gender equality can only be achieved if flexible working is available for both men and women. It must become acceptable for ambitious, hard working men to work on their terms too in order for flexible working to become normalised and consequently.
In two ways:
Historically “flexible working” has been about part time work but we have found it to be broader than that in the professional workforce at mid-senior level: