More than half of female workers (53%) say hybrid working has empowered them to apply to a more senior role within their organisation, highlighting the positive impact that hybrid working is having on breaking the glass ceiling.
According to IWG’s Empowering Women in the Hybrid Workplace Report, nearly 80% of women say that the flexibility offered by hybrid working allowed them to apply for such roles. The research was commissioned by IWG, the world’s leading supplier of flexible workspace solutions, to mark International Women’s Day.
More women are making major career decisions – switching jobs and industries – based on accessibility to hybrid working, which is facilitating better work life balance and opening up new career opportunities for them. Three in five (62%) of respondents have considered applying for a new job that offers more flexible working and nearly half (48%) are considering a career change that they would not have considered previously.
In pursuit of flexible working arrangements, many have changed industries altogether with nearly half (47%) said that hybrid working has enabled them to move into their new industry. Women report that this career growth comes from hybrid working making them more efficient and productive (58%), helping them learn more about other roles at their company (47%) and increasing their visibility with senior leadership (38%).
Previous research from IWG, with brands including Regus and Spaces, found that hybrid working is a key recruitment and retention tool for HR leaders across the UK and this rings true for women in particular. Two-fifths (40%) stated that a lack of hybrid working opportunities led to them resigning from their previous role.
Hybrid working does not only benefit women professionally. Across ages groups, nearly half (49%) said that hybrid working has given them more time to pursue personal passions outside of work and the majority (75%) of women reported a better work life balance as a result of saving both time and money on reduced commuting (67%), more flexibility in their schedules (66%) and improved mental health (44%).
Fatima Koning, Group Chief Commercial Officer, IWG commented: “Embracing equity is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day and hybrid working, one of the biggest innovations in the world of work in decades has the potential to substantially deliver on this vision.
This latest research from IWG is very encouraging and shows that more women are making major career decisions, switching jobs and industries, based substantially on the ability to access hybrid working, which is facilitating a better work/life balance and opening up new career opportunities for them. I have felt the personal and professional benefits of hybrid first-hand, and I am glad to see that other women are experiencing them too”.
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