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Over half of women say remote working could boost their careers

More than half of women say that working from home would help them progress at work, it has been reported. 

According to a survey commissioned by the BBC, 56% of UK females say their job opportunities have been boosted as childcare and caring duties become less of a hindrance to working full-time during the pandemic. 

The survey also found that 65% of managers think working from home helps advance women's careers. 

However, a similar poll by YouGov has suggested that a quarter of women think homeworking was unlikely to advance their careers. 

As reported by the BBC, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed women were carrying out on average two-thirds more of the childcare duties per day than men during the first pandemic lockdown. 

Between January 13 and February 7, 2021, women with a school-aged child (67%) were more likely than men (52%) to say they had personally home-schooled a child in their home in the past week. 

Of the 1,684 women polled by YouGov, those most confident in the career benefits of homeworking were aged between 18-24 (65%). 

Claire McCartney, Senior Policy Advisor at human resources body the CIPD, said that there could be "real advantages" to working from home. 

"I think there are real benefits for women who often take on more childcare and caring responsibilities," she said. 

"Flexible working in all its forms should be normalised for all employees regardless of gender, as not everyone can work from home". 

Work-life balance improves due to WFH 

Research has often touted the benefits of homeworking, with a recent survey finding the work-life balance of Brits has improved during the pandemic. 

MoneySuperMarket spoke to over 2,000 households across the country to find out how the pandemic impacted their work-life balance. 

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On a scale of one to ten, the results showed that the average rating for work-life balance improved by 0.4 when compared to before the pandemic. 

Overall, nearly one-quarter (23%) of Brits agreed that their work-life balance has improved because they spend less time commuting. 

Remote working can boost inclusivity 

Data released earlier this year indicated that organisations that have committed to supporting remote work seem to be carving out more inclusive work experiences for staff members. 

The latest analysis from Glint – which looked at aggregated data from millions of staff engagement surveys from over 600 global firms – found that staff members at remote work-friendly organisations were 14% more likely to say that they felt safe to speak their minds. 

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Elsewhere, nine per cent were more likely to state that their leaders value different perspectives, compared to peers in organisations that haven’t enabled remote work. 

Glint’s study also highlighted that virtual work can create a range of opportunities that can help to strengthen feelings of inclusion among employees. 

For example, the data stated that virtual ways of working can provide increased flexibility for those with caregiving responsibilities and bypass location bias among other things.  

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