Many working mothers have been forced to resign because their employer has not accepted a flexible-working request, according to research by Workingmums.co.uk.
Almost a fifth of respondents in the recruitment website’s survey (18%) said that they had left a job after being refused the option to work flexible hours or away from the office. Two fifths (41%) of those who were currently on maternity leave said that they might not go back to work if their employer did not offer them the opportunity to work flexibly.
Flexible working can include home working with employees granted remote access to company networks so that they can work away from the office on PCs or mobile devices.
Gillian Nissim, founder at Workingmums.co.uk, said: “10 years ago, it was difficult to find flexible new jobs and many women who were working flexibly felt their careers had been side-lined. We’ve come a long way and many now see the huge business benefits of creating a more family friendly workforce.
“But there is still more to be done to create the kind of workplaces that work for people who need flexibility, for whatever reason. That means encouraging and supporting employers to implement flexible working so that they do not lose employees who typically have years of experience in their roles.”