Women’s issues should not become employer issues

While such research is useful for raising awareness, these difficulties should not automatically become an employer issue.

Parents have to take responsibility for domestic tasks and family issues. Staff know the terms and conditions the workplace requires before they agree to the employment.

I believe the term ‘family-friendly’ is the right way forward. But we need to recognise that there are wider issues than childcare, as each employee has their own interests and agenda outside working hours.

Maureen Mills
Personnel manager, personnel and staff development
University of Exeter

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