The demand for flexible work opportunities has been boosted by external factors such as housing crises and rising costs of living in large cities. Other factors include a growing gigawatt economy and even longer and increasingly stressful commutes by car or public transport.
Many companies have already recognized the advantages of Remote Work: Access to top talent, increased productivity and reduced costs are just a few examples. Especially for women, location and schedule flexibility make a big difference in their career choice. In a world where gender gaps and prejudices still exist, Remote Work can help to level the playing field.
Three main advantages of Remote Work and how it promotes women’s career advancement
flexibility and career advancement
For women, interruptions in their career due to family planning are much more frequent than for men. Around 51 percent of women report that career advancement has become more difficult. Remote Work can change this.
A flexible working environment offers women the opportunity to work in a fast-paced industry and to advance professionally. This enables them to cope better with challenges such as commuting and family demands. In addition, women can use the time they would otherwise spend commuting for training and further education to develop their professional skills.
Productivity and results orientation
Several studies confirm the connection between remote work and higher productivity. Fewer distractions and effective time management helps employees focus on their goals. Work performance can then be measured against objectives. This really drives the business forward, not just time spent in the office.
People who work remotely typically have better communication tools for collaboration and access to technologies such as cloud computing. This gives women easy access to information that helps them advance their careers, which has been difficult in a traditional work environment. According to a study by Ultimate Software, 57 percent of women who had worked remotely said they had been promoted in the past year, compared to 35 percent of women who had worked in the office. The trend is also evident among male colleagues: 51 percent of remote workers were promoted, but only 43 percent of office workers.
Remote Work enables employees to show more commitment and to structure their working time better, allowing them to work with greater concentration.
Integration in working life and general well-being
If you’ve ever worked in an agency or other high-pressure environment, you know the feeling: it’s 7pm and you’re far from finished with your workload. You feel the pressure to work more hours. Remote Work helps women not only live better lives, be more productive and advance their careers, but also improve their overall well-being. Women can achieve an optimal work-life balance faster by working remotely. Working from home enables work-life integration and sports and health activities in everyday life.
If you work from home, you can even save money on travel expenses and eating out. So you have more money at your disposal again.
The conclusion of JobTender24
These benefits not only help more women to advance professionally and lead more fulfilling lives. Companies benefit from the fact that they can retain employees and develop them for management positions. Companies that don’t have a Remote Work Option can start by offering a Flex program or by working from home one day a week. Finding ways to increase flexibility and promote work/life balance is key to supporting women. Women can continue to pursue their career ambitions and companies can reap the benefits of long-term business growth.
Ask yourself: How do employees who work remotely compare to those in your company’s office? Are there significant gender differences? You can search for patterns: Who has access to further education and training opportunities. Who gets promoted? And who does not? And above all: why (not)?
Once you have asked yourself some questions about your company, the next and most important step is to ask for feedback. Collect feedback from employees and thus promote open dialogue. Different methods can be used for your company.