On Demand HRreview Webinar with Bright Horizons:

Is the New Normal Reinforcing Gender Stereotypes?

Is the New Normal Reinforcing Gender Stereotypes?

The post-pandemic world promised a significant shift in roles and responsibilities of men and women when it came to family and work. Many men had taken a more active role in the home during lockdowns and Generation Z and Millennial fathers were already vocal in expecting more flexibility at work around family life. Gender Pay Gap reporting resumed, and many organisations returned to ambitious targets for gender representation at senior levels.

However, as 2024 gets underway, families are still struggling under cost-of-living pressures and – amid a pull back toward central offices – many women opt to remain in hybrid or remote roles, to save on after-school and wraparound care. As a result, some feel less visible at work, and lacking in practical support to pursue progression. Is there instead a pending crisis for employers and their gender representation targets?

Bright Horizons Modern Families Index research 2024 published in February, (surveying over 3,000 working parents) it highlights fascinating statistics around this very topic, including insightful comparisons to last year’s figures!

During the webinar we discussed:

  • Latest research on male and female attitudes to work-life fit and the risk associated with these.
  • Insightful employer examples and what works for gender inclusion and career progression.
  • As we approach International Women’s Day (8th March) what can, and should, employers be doing to support parents and carers of all genders with the mental load?

Our panel:

James March (Chair), Former HRreview Editor

Sarah Newton, Senior Associate, Employment, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Sarah Jackson OBE, Authority on Flexible and Hybrid Working

Jennifer Liston-Smith, Head of Thought Leadership, Bright Horizons

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