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Women are dropping out of top posts due to a lack of flexibility

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Womenare deselecting themselves from top posts in business because the executivelifestyle does not offer sufficient flexibility, experts say.Delegatesat the ‘Driving Diversity Success’ discussions, organised by the CharteredInstitute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), agreed that women had much moreexposure to the benefits of flexible working than men due to breaks inemployment for maternity and career changes.Thegender divide was widened further by an ongoing perception of men as the chiefbreadwinners, delegates said.DeborahRees, director of InnectoPeople Consulting, said that a study she had carried out showed that eight outof 10 high-flying women had chosen to set up their own businesses rather thanstay in corporate life.”Womenhave looked at what is available and have seen there is not enough there forthem – the rewards aren’t attractive enough,” she said.PhilBadley, assistant chiefexecutive of HR at Stockport Council, said: “Men will wait in line -womendon’t hang about.”VanessaRobinson, organisation and resourcingadviser at the CIPD, said the challenge was to shift the gender mindset toencourage women to stay in business and ensure that they did not have to act”in a male way” to get to the top.Shesaid that to overcome stereotypes and misconceptions, gender initiatives had tobe targeted at men as well as women.Arecent study by the University of Exeterfound that having broken through the glass ceiling, women then face a ‘glasscliff’, because businesses often offered themtop positions when the company was in trouble.Thiswas due to the perception that women faired better in crisis situations thanmen, the research claimed.ByMichael Millar Women are dropping out of top posts due to a lack of flexibilityOn 14 Sep 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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