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'Flexi' option is key to keeping moms in workforce: Regus survey

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on March 06, 2014

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Far from returning with an obsolete address book and a rusty memory, working mothers bring valuable skills and expertise, say 73 per cent of Indian businesses.

A latest research by Regus, the flexible workspace provider, canvassed the opinions of more than 19,000 business owners and senior managers in 98 countries.

Respondents reported that flexible hours, working closer to home and the option to video conference instead of travelling at least some of the time are among the top strategies to get more mothers back into the workforce.

About 71 per cent of Indian respondents report that more women are demanding to work remotely when they return to the workforce due to increasing financial pressures. About 58 per cent of those surveyed say they are seeing women take shorter maternity leave (under 3 months) and about 68 per cent say working closer to home is a key incentive.

Sahil Verma, Chief Operating Officer, Regus India says: “With reports highlighting that the non-participation of women in the economy is costing as much as 27 per cent per capita GDP in some countries, and that companies with more women on the board are more profitable, it is high time that businesses address the issue of how to adapt working practices to better suit working mothers.

Businesses do not hesitate to attribute value to working mothers, but when they return after maternity leave they often find that juggling professional and personal duties can be very demanding, if not impossible. It is not surprising, therefore, that more and more mums are asking for flexible working. Whether it’s flexible-hours, the opportunity to work closer to home or to their families at least some of the time, or the option to choose video conferencing over business travel, are key to helping more women back into employment and driving the workplace into the future.

Published on March 06, 2014

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