Despite massive gains in workplace equality, women are still at a disadvantage in the workplace when it comes to climbing the corporate ladder. In a survey of 1, 731 respondents by Talent2, Australias leading human resources and recruitment firm, 55% of those surveyed say that working on a part-time or flexi-time basis will hinder your climb up the corporate ladder.The survey revealed that 17% of females work on a part-time basis compared to only 8% of males, and 19.6% of females work on a flexi-time basis compared to 14.8% of males.
Mr Craig Sneesby of Talent2 says that working part-time can hinder even a meteoric rise up the corporate ladder as those employees are simply not in the office enough to be seen as true member of the team.
"26% of people believe that if you want to move to a part-time or flexi-time basis, you are automatically put at a disadvantage because of they types of jobs on offer. One-in-four Australians believe that part-time or flexi-time positions have no future. Obviously, though, this comes down to the flexibility of the employer."
"20% of Aussies say that even if a part-time employee is doing all of their work, and doing it well, they are often not seen as being part of the team. Putting in long hours at work is often the main way your boss will know youre putting in the hard yards. As more females work on a part-time or flexi-time basis, it is more common that they are not there for the late-nights and early starts, excluding them from the team building moments of stress and jubilation for a job well done.
"Working on a part-time basis does mean that you physically have less time in the office, and 20% of employees believe that this means part-timers simply do not have the time available to pursue goals and clients as well as full-timers can. However, it is not necessarily about time, it is about how efficient employees are."