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6th December 2018

Stigma around Flexible Working

Dr Heejung Chung from the University of Kent recently conducted research into flexible working. She analysed the 2011 Work-Life Balance Survey conducted by the government. Specifically, she wanted to examine whether stigma against flexible workers exists, who is most likely to hold such beliefs and who is most likely to suffer from it.

Key findings from the study found:

  • A third of all respondents believed those who work flexibly create more work for others. While a similar proportion believe their career will suffer if they use flexible working arrangements.
  • 18% experienced direct negative career consequences from working flexibly.
  • Majority of respondents who held negative views over flexible working were male.
  • Women, especially mothers, were the ones most likely to suffer from negative stereotypes.

Despite the fact that many organisations offer flexible working initiatives, the findings from the study highlight that organisations need to do more to combat against negative stereotypes. To find out more about flexible working and how to successfully implement it into your organisation, read our Employer Guide.


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