Men want more flexibility at work too: latest research

Always on the lookout for news on women and work, I was invited to Melbourne on Tuesday for a forum hosted by gender equity group The 100% Project. I was on a panel with Sue Conde from UN Women, and Bob Wood from MBS to discuss their latest research, ‘What men want’, in front of an audience of more than 100. The findings reveal there are few differences between what men and women want when it comes to blending their family and job responsibilities. Although 75 per cent of men surveyed said they want to spend significant time with their family most also believe it is still career suicide to ask for more flexibility.

And of course they are probably right. The career stakes are too high these days to jeopardise with a lurch onto the mummy track. Remuneration still hinges on getting up that ladder quickly.

And with the AGM season upon us soon, salaries will be in the spotlight again so will be keeping an eye out for coverage on shareholder activism. Margot Saville will be on the case for Crickey.

Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, Calif. Shown checking electrical assemblies (LOC)

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