Lack of IT hinders flexible working in SMEs

A lack of IT in small and medium-sized companies is preventing some women from adopting flexible working practices, a survey has revealed.

A lack of IT in small and medium-sized companies is preventing some women from adopting flexible working practices, a survey has revealed.

Of the women surveyed by Microsoft and research group YouGov, 33% said a lack of investment in technology by their employers was a reason they did not work from home. A further 25% said the lack of IT in their homes, such as a broadband internet connection, prevented them from working flexibly.

John Coulthard, Microsoft's director of small business, said, "Small businesses now need to ensure they are giving all staff, male or female, the most effective tools to let them do an even better job, wherever they may be working from. By doing this they will encourage skilled female employees to return to work after having a family. That benefits both employee and employer."

The company surveyed more than 2,000 staff - 61% male and 39% female - in UK SMEs.

It found that IT departments have enabled the majority of men and women to work flexibly. The survey revealed 56% of women and 68% of men work flexibly; it also found that 16% of women and 24% of men work from home.

 

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