Following a year of remote work, employees around the world have come to terms with the hybrid work culture, and they want a mixture of home and office working to be the future of the workspace.
A survey conducted by JobsForHer revealed that in the year 2020, 40% of women professionals preferred a mixture of home and office working. In 2021, the percentage has gone up by 10%, where almost 50% (49.5%) of women employees want flexibility in their jobs. The hybrid model gives employees a sense of freedom that they can work from anywhere as per their comfort without compromising on the end result.
Out of more than 2,000 women who participated in the survey, 43% would prefer working exclusively from home, 50% want a hybrid framework, and only 7% of respondents chose full-time work in an office space option.
To understand how women job seekers are viewing this shift to virtual recruitment, another survey that was conducted on the platform showed that out of 2000+ respondents, 88% of women were comfortable with the virtual hiring process as it saves time and is convenient because it opens up plenty of other opportunities to attend interviews at otherwise far-away locations, thereby cutting down on the commute. In the year 2020, the percentage of women who chose virtual hiring was at 90%.
“If we really want to see a balanced workforce with equal representation, opportunities, and participation of both genders, then clearly we need more gender-neutral policies and programmes in place. Time and again, it has been proved that diversity is not just a hiring goal but a business imperative that improves the bottom line and increases ROI,” Neha Bagaria, founder and CEO of JobsForHer, told ET.
Incepted in 2015, JobsForHer connects over 2.2 million job aspirants registered on the platform to 7500+ companies across the country. Aside from matching the candidates to relevant job opportunities, the platform also offers mentorship for women looking to start/restart their careers.