Feeds

IT workers demand greater work flexibility

Concerns over work-life imbalance

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

IT workers want more flexible working patterns to help improve their work-life balance.

Snag is, they fear that asking to work from home, for example, could damage their future career prospects.

A study into flexible working in the IT industry was published today by the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) and the Women in IT Forum. It found that nine in ten women and eight in ten men want more flexibility in their working practices.

Half of those quizzed said they didn't get involved with their family as much as they would like, while a third did not believe that their organisation was committed to helping them achieve a reasonable work/life balance.

Three quarters feared that moving to a part-time or flexible career would harm their career prospects, prompting analysts to suggest that this could explain why the number of women working in IT fell three per cent last year.

Part of the problem appears to be that since senior managers in IT don't do "flexible working", there are few positive role models to reinforce this more enlightened way of working.

Said Carol Savage, MD of Flexecutive, which conducted the study on behalf of the DTI and the Women in IT Forum: "In common with many other industries, IT professionals are looking for a relationship with their manager and their organisation that measures their performance, not their input, and which gives them a greater degree of control over how they achieve their objectives.

"They in turn will be more motivated and deliver a higher quality of work.

"Without a stronger commitment to work-life balance, the IT sector is likely to continue to be unable to attract the best to the sector and to see increased female flight." ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media
Not paying Murdoch? You're gonna get a right LEGALLING - thanks to automated software
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Web-based flea market struck dumb by size and scale of fail
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources
Hang on? Aren't those file formats you hardly ever see outside torrents?
Class war! Wikipedia's workers revolt again
Bourgeois paper-shufflers have 'suspended democracy', sniff unpaid proles
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.