According to a new survey from the BBC, over half of women say that remote working could help them progress at work.
The survey found that these women believed working from home also alleviated the pressure of balancing childcare and other home-related responsibilities.
Additionally, 65% of managers agreed that remote working helps progre women’s careers.
“My take on working from home is really positive. I can’t find childcare for my six-year-old son, so I need to work from home to take him to school and back most days,” said Elena Gorman, who jumped at a remote job opportunity after her previous employer could not offer enough flexibility. “Without this, I’m not sure if I could have gone back to work after maternity leave.”
However, a quarter of women from a YouGov survey stated that remote working was unlikely to advance their careers. Still, 65% of women between 18 and 24 said that working from home had career benefits.
“I think there are real benefits for women who often take on more childcare and caring responsibilities,” said Claire McCartney, senior policy advisor at the human resources body the CIPD. “Flexible working in all its forms should be normalised for all employees regardless of gender, as not everyone can work from home.”