IT managers set poor example on work-life issues

first_img Previous Article Next Article IT managers set poor example on work-life issuesOn 23 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today IT workers are demanding better work-life balance, but more than half ofthose working in the sector do not believe senior managers are leading byexample. That was one of the main findings in a report that looked at flexibleworking across the IT industry, which was prepared for the Department of Tradeand Industry and the Intellect Women in IT Forum by consultants Flexecutive,and surveyed 1,000 IT professionals. The findings revealed that while 93 per cent of women and 81 per cent of menwant more flexibility in their working practices, 55 per cent don’t think theirsenior managers make good work-life balance role models. Nearly three-quarters (74 per cent) fear that moving to a part-time orflexible career will harm their promotional prospects. This could explain the 3per cent decline in the number of women working in IT (Labour Force Survey2002-2003). Commenting on the findings, trade and industry secretary Patricia Hewittsaid: “The number of women working in IT fell by 3 per cent last year andthe sector needs to urgently consider the reasons behind this fall. “Every time a well-trained woman leaves, a company wastes time andmoney on recruitment and training. Yet, offering a woman with children greaterchoice over working hours could stop her leaving, save the company money andmean she can carry on enjoying a good career. “I believe flexible working offers a ‘win-win’ [situation]. I stronglyurge senior IT employers to give greater commitment to the work-life balanceagenda, from the top down, to reverse the downward trend in women working inIT,” she added. www.flexecutive.comOther findings– 50 per cent of respondents indicated that they don’t getinvolved with their family as much as they would like– A third do not believe their organisation is committed tohelping them achieve a reasonable work-life balance– 84 per cent believe that full-time flexible working should beavailable to all– More than half (51 per cent) of full-time workers surveyedalready work flexible hours– Those that do work part-time or flexibly believe that keyroles and projects are only given to full-time employees.Source: Flexecutive Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more