DALLAS, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - In a worrying development for equal employment
opportunities across the globe, new research commissioned by flexible
workspace solutions provider Regus (http://www.regus.com/) reveals that only 31 percent of Canadian firms declare they plan to
hire more working mothers as compared to 41 percent a year ago.
Globally, 36 percent of companies plan to hire working mothers in 2011.
The study, which surveyed the opinions of business owners when it comes
to working mothers, revealed residual concerns amongst employers.
Business owners surveyed responded that they felt working mothers may:
Show less commitment and flexibility than other employees -37 percent
Leave shortly after training to have another child - 33 percent
Have out-dated skills - 24 percent
In Canada, employers were particularly concerned about a working
mother's flexibility (38 percent), but much less worried about
out-of-date skills (16 percent).
Wes Lenci, Regus regional vice president for Canada comments, "Although
in Canada women's employment is reported to have fared better during
the downturn, working mothers still find it harder to find a job than
single women. However, as hiring and retention become bigger focuses
in 2011, savvy business owners will find that they are able to attract
top talent and provide a more family friendly and productive work
environment simply by allowing employees to work flexible hours or from
remote offices closer to home. These types of benefits improve morale
and productivity across the board, cultivating a stronger, more
Over 10,000 business respondents from the Regus global contacts database
were interviewed during August and September 2010. The Regus global
contacts database of over 1 million business-people worldwide is highly
representative of senior managers and owners in businesses across the
globe. Respondents were asked about their intentions to hire working
mothers and about their role in the workplace. The research was managed
and administered by the independent organization, MarketingUK.
Regus, the world's leading global provider of innovative workplace
solutions with 1,100 locations in 500 cities and 85 countries, offers
products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to
professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the world's largest
network of video communication studios.
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To download a copy of the full report please visit http://www.regus.presscentre.com
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