Does flexible working promote gender equality? How?

“I’ve got the children to tend
The clothes to mend
The floor to mop
The food to shop
Then the chicken to fry
The baby to dry
I got company to feed
The garden to weed
I’ve got shirts to press
The tots to dress
The can to be cut
I gotta clean up this hut
Then see about the sick
And the cotton to pick.”

– Maya Angelou

Does this list ever end? Add to that the mounting reports, never-ending team meetings, and juggling multiple responsibilities- both at home and in the workplace. Do you still wonder why most working women prefer flexible working options?

While women have come a long way since protesting for “bread and peace”, voting rights and equal pay, we still have career ladders to climb and bridges to build across oceans when it comes to gender equality, especially in the workplace.  

Working women in coworking space Sweden. Hive Workspace is a coworking space in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Orebro.

Flexible and remote work options offered by the organisations is a giant leap forward regarding equality. How? Let’s dig a little deeper into how flexible working practices are helping us inch closer to equality in the workplace.

How does flexible working promote gender equality in the workplace?

Claudia Goldin, a Harvard economist, noted way back in 2014 that gender pay gap could be reduced if companies restructured work and no longer disproportionately rewarded long hours of face time in the office. With remote working options available to both men and women in the workplace, the quality of work is prioritized over the number of hours put in. This is exactly what flexible working is based on.

Women in the workforce: Working on your own terms

The traditional and orthodox workplace was designed for an obsolete family structure in which one person stayed at home and the other went out to work. This is no longer the case, as 78.3% of women are going to work. Co-working spaces for women gives them the freedom to carve out their career path in a way that they feel safe and comfortable in their own work space. Whether you are a digital nomad, a working mom or an entrepreneur- you are welcome to share the positive vibes, coffee and community perks here.

Networking and equal footing

Since coworking spaces are not restricted by industry, women in male-dominated spheres achieve a higher degree of work satisfaction by working out of shared offices. With a close-knit community that supports and uplifts each other, we are proud to be surrounded by iconic women who aren’t afraid to put themselves out there.

You can meet other badass women in similar positions, collaborate over projects in any field and build meaningful relationships with like-minded people outside your professional sphere.

Flexible working is an important perk for working women. Hive Workspace, Sweden is a coworking space that promotes gender equality.

Work-life balance for new parents

Most working women hesitate to start families because of the fear that they miss opportunities for promotions, leadership and higher pay. With the option to work remotely and flexible, many women loose that fear of not paying enough time and attention to their children and families. Women and men are able to divide their time and energy between work and home better due to remote co-working offices.

Even though Sweden allows three months of parental leave to both men and women, it’s not enough for new parents who struggle to strike a work-life balance. No wonder two-thirds of working mothers and half of working fathers are fearful of changing jobs in case they lose their current flexible working arrangements (source). Flexible working in a supportive atmosphere is a valuable perk for new parents, and offices that allow this witness an improved employee retention rate as well. Parental well-being begins with flexible, remote working.

Hive Workspace Sweden: flexible working for gender parity

Co-working spaces solve some of the most difficult challenges for women who want to work with more flexibility but not out of coffee shops or their homes. If you are trying to find a comfortable space for remote working, get in touch with us. We’d love to show you around and help you find your own private desk in Sweden.

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