Flexible working may not reduce gender inequality but, rather, exacerbate it.
Forthcoming research, based in the United States, found that men were significantly more likely to have similar flexible working requests granted than women.
Christin Munsch, one of the report authors suggests that such results demonstrate the importance of cultural influences on gender norms: women who make flexible working requests to look after children are viewed as both bad mothers and bad employees, and are punished for their perceived failings.
The authors suggest that there needs to be a cultural shift in attitudes to gender and work for flexible working to be successful in tackling workplace inequalities.
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