Global HR headlines: Study finds upsides to hybrid working for women

Half of Netflix workforce is now made up of women.

Hybrid working has been beneficial for women says a new report. Netflix says more than half its workforce is women. There’s a looming shortage of skills in the green economy. Malawi backs its local innovators. Most businesses are still without a hybrid strategy.

Women say hybrid working has improved their career progression
According to new research commissioned by IWG, over half or 55 percent of female workers report that hybrid working has benefitted their career progression, with three-quarters saying that hybrid working has made them more productive.

Women report the key benefits of hybrid working include increased distribution of household and family duties (56 percent) and saved commuting costs (66 percent).

Half say that they would leave their job if asked to work from the office five days a week.

Netflix reveals more than half of its global workforce is female

For the first time, more than half of Netflix’s worldwide leadership and overall workforce are women. Netflix grew total headcount 25 percent in 2021, expanding from about 8,000 to 10,000 employees globally.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the streamer revealed that for the first time since it began reporting the numbers in 2017, the majority (51.7 percent) of its worldwide workforce of 10,000 (up from 8,000 in 2020) are women.

Among the 22 members of Netflix’s senior leadership team, 10 (45 percent) are women and five (22.7 percent) are from at least one historically excluded race or ethnicity.

Demand for green professionals will outweigh supply within five years
LinkedIn has released its inaugural Global Green Skills Report revealing that green talent is being increasingly sought out by corporates, but professionals are not topping up their skills proportionately to be considered potential candidates for roles.

The report recommends that green skills training needs to be implemented now, placing the responsibility firmly at the feet of policymakers and business leaders to make access to education possible.

Malawi supports young innovators to reduce high imports
Malawi’s Ministry of Trade and Industry is working with the Malawi University of Science and Technology to promote homegrown research and technology through a 30 million kwacha (R557,694) apprenticeship programme, reports Moneyweb.

In 2019, Malawi imported about $456 million (R6,873 million) worth of goods from China, making up more than 16 percent of its total imports, according to data from the Observatory of Economic Complexity.

To help local tech innovations rise above the flood of foreign competitors, universities, banks and charities are offering resources and mentoring to the country’s young entrepreneurs, from graduates to those with no formal education.

72 percent of businesses lack a clear hybrid work strategy
The State of the Industry: Future of Work survey, conducted by AT&T and Dubber Corporation, found that the hybrid mode of work will become the standard operating model across industries by 2024, however, 72 percent of businesses lack a detailed hybrid work strategy.

Techradar says participants of the study identified insufficient oversight, lack of workplace innovation, and cultural shifts as the three barriers to hybrid work’s success.