Women want flexibility in the workplace in 2020

By Yujin Luo

With the improvement of women’s status in society and their focus on fighting for equal rights, women are progressing in the workplace and gaining more attention in leadership roles.

Accordingly, the question of what women want in 2020 has also become a direction for many female professionals who desire something more for their careers.

A study of over 800 businesswomen conducted by the Leadership Institute in 2019 showed that creating and implementing flexible working opportunities was the number one issue affecting women in workplaces.

Dana Lightbody, CEO of The Leadership Institute and creator of the annual Women In Leadership Summit, said that the result was not a surprise. 

“As a single mother by choice of young twin toddlers, I know how difficult it is to find flexibility and balance in my work and home life, and I own the business! 2020 has a lot of high expectations for us all, including me,” said Dana.

Moreover, diverse senior leadership teams, clear policies, company purpose beyond the dollars, social activities and free lunches are also on the list of What Women Want in 2020.

Dana Lightbody shares her top five tips to get what you want in 2020:

1. Reassess your priorities, are you where you want to be? If not, how are you going to get there? Any goal needs a plan of action;

2. Don’t leave anyone wondering where you want to go – make your intentions and desires clear to everyone around you;

3. Ambition is not a dirty word;

4. Flexibility is not career suicide – great companies recognise that work productivity rather than hours at a desk is what matters. You can work from anywhere that’s the point of technology;

5. Education is not something that stops when you graduate, make professional development your 2020 goal.

In addition, the Women In Leadership Summit will return on 20th – 23rd of October 2020, confirmed by the Leadership Institute.

The Leadership Institute has also confirmed that speakers including Gail Kelly, Former Group CEO and First Female CEO of a Big 4 Bank, Westpac, Colleen Callander, CEO, Sportsgirl, Judy Slatyer, CEO, Australian Red Cross and Justine Troy, Founder, 42 Below will be attending the summit.