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Has COVID-19 highlighted a way to equalise gender in the workplace? An exploratory investigation into working mothers

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2021

With historic and newly emerging data in support of men being the majority holders of senior positions, it supports suggestion that the highest earners being predominantly men. Whilst literature supports an array of theories to suggest reasoning behind this, no exact reason could be concluded from previous research.

This study looks to explore an anonymous group of working mothers in a variety of job roles and sectors, trying to understand if childcare responsibility negatively impacts their career and progression. It explores the possibility of additional flexibility as a continuum beyond the pandemic.

During the pandemic the workplace took a drastic shift with the introduction of remote working. Emerging literature suggests this being favoured by many to continue beyond the pandemic. This study determined that the majority of working mothers were in support of remote and additional flexibility continuing beyond the pandemic.

Utilising existing literature and research data from this study, the flexibility in work, challenges and barriers to career progression are explored and this study looks to confirm this following the pandemic to see if and how opinions may have changed.

By exploring changes throughout the pandemic analysing challenges, societal pressures and expectations of working mothers, it draws upon an organisational perspective surrounding longer term flexibility, assessing the benefits and negatives to encompass a wider perspective.

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