PWC Women In Work Index

Mouse short-cutting the maze

PWC have published their most recent report: the Women in Work Index.

The UK could boost it’s GDP by 9% if we had the same proportion of women in work as in Sweden. When it comes to the number of women in full time employment, the UK ranks 30th out of 33…

That we have so few women in full time employment might mean that we have a lot of loving mums who can’t bear to leave their children and who could blame them for making that choice… Or… It could mean we lack the appropriate childcare and other support mechanisms to support families where mothers would otherwise choose to work.

Apparently 1.5 million women would like to work more hours than they do currently – but is that because they love their work and want to more of it? Or is it because women only earn $83 for doing the same work that a man would be paid $100 to complete? What do you think?

Speaking personally I wonder if a majority of men and women would prefer to work less and have more time to spend on other things, partners, families, hobbies, themselves…

There’s increasing evidence that a focus on the easy to measure “hours spent at work” is less meaningful than the more difficult to measure productivity, especially in the knowledge economy where creative ideas are more difficult to measure than widgets produced per hour. When there’s a culture of “long hours”, being present at work, research suggests that the time tends to be occupied with less important or more superficial tasks rather than the creative, productive, problem-solving that makes the difference.

The people who suffer most at the expense of long hours regimes are people with time-dependent commitments and caring responsibilities must rank amongst the most time consuming of activities.

There are many choices to be made to create a way forward. But surely, finding the best way through this maze is something important to each of us as individuals, to our families, our companies and our country…

 

What do you think?

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