Jan 28, 2022

Return to the office must not harm women's careers, says Aviva boss

Companies need to ensure the return to working from offices does not "Jeopardise" career opportunities for women, the boss of Aviva has said. A previous BBC survey found 56% of women said they thought working from home would help them progress at work. Speaking to the BBC's Today programme, Aviva chief executive Ms Blanc said firms "Need to think" about how workplace arrangements would be set "Because if what you see is that all the men come back into the office and the women don't, then obviously the women are not around when some of the conversations are being had and they could miss out on opportunities". "It's my role as the government's women and finance champion, but also as a woman leading an organisation, to make sure we create the right environment for everyone to flourish and for women to be given the same opportunity as men," she said. Global data from UN Women has suggested women were doing significantly more domestic chores and family care, because of the impact the pandemic, which it has warned could wipe out 25 years of increasing gender equality.

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