05 September 2011
Flexible working 'can help tackle discrimination'
Embracing flexible working and greater levels of transparency are two of the most effective ways managers can tackle the problem of gender discrimination within their business.
That is according to a spokeswoman from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), who believes the problem of inequality between males and females in workplaces can be combated by several measures.
Last week (August 31st), the Chartered Management Institute revealed that women in senior management positions are, on average, paid some £10,000 less per annum than their male counterparts.
And while the EHRC official noted this is a clear indication that discrimination remains in the British employment sector, she added there are "definitely practical things that businesses can do to make it easier for women to access those senior levels".
For instance, the expert stated that having a "can-do" attitude towards implementing flexible working practices can be helpful, as this shows recognition that both men and women have important responsibilities outside their careers.
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Posted by Francesca Witney