Prema Varadhan

The wider adoption of flexible working will enable more women to thrive

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought huge change and disruption, impacting everyone’s lives.

In the past, women have had to be more flexible and adapt their lives around work but, with today’s challenges, work has had to become adaptable to life. There have been pressure points of course, from home-schooling to caring for ill relatives. Women have risen to the challenge of this new environment, and their ability to juggle and multitask has proven invaluable.

Without the need to be in an office from 9 to 5, we now have the ability to choose working hours that fit our needs. If I choose to spend an hour or so away from my desk during the week, I can make up that time when it’s more convenient to me. This freedom to control how we set a balance that best suits us is one of the positives that will change the way we work in a post-Covid future. As this way of working becomes normalised, it will provide an environment that will enable women to thrive, giving them more control in how they manage their time.

There has been a shift within organisations too, not just individuals. The qualities women can bring to leadership are being seen as valuable more and more. Employees want leaders who are empathetic, who are sensitive to personal situations, and these are qualities that are cultivated in women from a young age, based on social norms.

At Temenos, our executive committee has more women members now than ever before, a trend that I hope will soon be reflected by the industry as a whole/.

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