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Flexible working 'could combat discrimination'

Flexible working 'could combat discrimination'

Flexible working could be one method managers use in order to combat the ongoing issue of gender discrimination in companies across all sectors.

That is according to Jane C Woods, director of, who feels that being more fluid in terms of the shift patterns and hours they offer may be an effective way for bosses to promote equality.

Ms Woods said all forward-thinking firms should look to "audit all of their policies and procedures and have a look to see whether they're gender-friendly" sooner rather than later.

Last month, EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding indicated that now may be the time to implement gender quotas for boardrooms, as slow progress is being made in achieving equality.

However, Ms Woods went on to say there is also a certain amount of responsibility for women themselves to challenge the status quo by not "underselling themselves", with flexible working "absolutely" being a step in the right direction.

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Posted by Francesca Witney