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Men ‘twice as likely’ to have flexible work hours requests knocked back


Stat attack gives you the facts, figures, numbers and survey results you need to keep on top of developments and changes in sentiment in the HR and L&D industries, all in an easy to digest format. It’s your regular dose of facts and figures, parcelled up for easy reading.


These statistics are from an Australian survey into the ‘power of flexibility’ from consultancy firm Bain & Co. The survey questioned 1030 people, of which 42% were male and 58% were female.

Key findings:

  • Men were twice as likely to have flexible working requests turned down
  • 60% of men want flexible working hours, but there is a lack of senior support
  • 38% of females and 28% of males surveyed said they used flexible work arrangements

Other related findings:

  • One survey respondent said: “My boss told me I wouldn’t be able to get promoted working part-time.”
  • Another was told by his manager that “part-time is traditionally only something we make work for women.”

Key questions to ask yourself:

  • Is there a difference in your organisation in how men and women perceive their flexible working requests to be received by management?
  • Are there workers who would like to submit flexible working requests but feel they will be discriminated against if they do?
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