Many have reported that they are more satisfied working from home - they feel more productive and engaged and less stressed. The flexibility allows employees to meet targets whilst maintaining a work/life balance. Indeed, Facebook and Twitter have announced that their staff will be able to continue to work from home even after the pandemic subsides.
However, it remains unclear whether remote working will serve to close the gender wage gap or to promote more women into top roles. In fact, a recent United Nations study on the impact of COVID-19 on women warns that there is a risk the pandemic will reverse decades of progress concerning gender equality in the workforce.
By appreciating the burden of domestic responsibility and childcare considerations (which unduly impacts women in our society), creating a culture of fairness and collaboration, analysing data and focusing performance evaluations on output / targets met rather than 'presenteeism', this article explains that we can ensure the successes and benefits of working from home are available to both men and women alike.