Study: Men twice as likely as women to have requests for flexible work hours rejected

Study: Men twice as likely as women to have requests for flexible work hours rejected

Men are twice as likely as women to have requests for flexible work hours rejected, a new report has found.

The study into the power of flexibility at work from business consulting firm Bain and Co said around 60 per cent of men wanted flexible working hours, but there was a lack of senior support.

Male respondents interviewed suggested management frowned upon men asking for flexible arrangements.

Researchers cited one incident where a man was told by his manager that “part-time is traditionally only something we make work for women”.

Another said: “My boss told me I wouldn’t be able to get promoted working part-time.”

The findings were supported by research from the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2014, which found 27 per cent of fathers reported experiencing discrimination related to parental leave and returning to work, compared to 49 per cent of women.

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