Women keen to balance career and family but concerned about their workplace culture

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The majority of women working in the City would be interested in taking Shared Parental Leave in order to balance work and family – but believe that their company culture would make this balance difficult, according to research from the Executive Coaching Consultancy.

The research shows that an overwhelming 86% of young women worry that being a mother would be a hindrance to their career.

Furthermore, 62% of city workers would be interested in taking up Shared Parental Leave but choose not to due to the financial impact on the family and the potential impact on career progress.

Over a quarter (26%) of young women also cannot see how they will balance work and family life if they have children.

The women interviewed cited having fewer opportunities offered to them as a concern when returning to work after having children (46%), while there is also a concern about their colleagues’ perceptions of them.

The research comes as Carl Chapman, head of workplace health at Barnett Waddingham, blogs for Reward about the key impact of job security on employees’ wellbeing.

Geraldine Gallacher, Managing Director of The Executive Coaching Consultancy said:

“The findings show that when it comes to career and being a parent, managers in organisations continue to either ask the impossible or simply sideline them, failing to give the opportunity to focus and do well in one area, which might keep their career on track. 

Organisations need to start embracing the different style of leadership women can bring. Women are seen as more inspiring, collaborative, empathetic, nurturing and motivated than their male counterparts. These qualities have the potential to create a leadership style that better meets the needs of our workforce today and create the diversity needed at the top.”

Read Carl's blog on job security HERE

View his video on the Six Pillars of Employee Wellbeing HERE