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Inclusion and diversity

Having a range of ages in the workplace brings diversity, mutual learning between colleagues and a balance of experience and fresh ideas.

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What has flexible working got to do with inclusion and diversity?

For some groups of people, the ability to work flexibly is critical. Many women, older workers, single parents and people with physical disabilities or mental health issues can only work if they can find a part-time or flexible role. As a result, they can end up stuck in low-paid jobs or unable to work at all.

Why is this an issue for employers?

Most employers have inclusion and diversity targets – and widening participation from groups like these can help achieve them. But it’s not just about hitting a magic number. The benefits of having a workforce that reflects society are well-known, and forward-looking employers take it seriously.

So what should you do?

Design flexible roles that suit a wide range of employees. Be open about it when you’re hiring, to encourage applications from a more diverse pool of talent. And make sure the roles are available throughout your organisation, so your flexible employees can go all the way to the top.

Diageo: using flexible working to improve inclusion


A Timewise Partner since 2015, Diageo has been working with us to support inclusion across the business.

Together, we worked through all the stages of the employee journey, and identified points at which incorporating flexibility would help attract or retain women and other key groups. Subsequent projects have included identifying roles which were particularly suited to flexibility and training leaders in flexible job design.

The company is now trialling an internal job share portal and has referenced the work we have done with them in their gender pay gap reporting.

How we can help

Our consultancy and training team can work with you to design flexible roles that take into account the needs of different groups of employees. We offer workshops to help HR managers bring your flexible working policy to life, and provide training on managing a flexible team.

We can also help you find talented candidates to fill your flexible roles. Timewise Jobs, our jobs board, has over 90,000 registered users who are all looking to offer their skills and experience to a flexible employer.

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