Flexible working agency Timewise has partnered with the Federation of Wholesale Distributors to run an exclusive pilot into defining what flexible working looks like in wholesale.
They need one more wholesale volunteer for the research – it would involve an interview or two and a branch visit. Say yes and your business will help to shape the future of flexible opportunities in wholesale.
Here’s more details from Emma Stewart, CEO, Timewise:
With current uncertainty across the UK workforce affecting a number of sectors, UK wholesalers face a growing challenge to attract, retain and progress the best talent from warehouse into management positions.
In coming years, wholesalers will be exposed to a looming supply shortage of workers, both as a result of Brexit and of the changing workforce demographic as the population ages.
The recent Women in Wholesale report recently highlighted that a lack of flexibility in senior roles has been seen as hampering the career progression of many high potential individuals, particularly women. It has been assumed that career ambition and success cannot be achieved on a flexible or part time basis.
Flexibility in working hours is evidenced as one of the key drivers for women, and increasingly men, in making career choices, and is starting to out-rank pay as a determining factor for millennials in making decisions about potential job offers. And yet the lack of part time opportunities in wholesale management means that employees often become trapped by their flexibility, remaining in junior roles and unable to progress their careers or better utilise their skills.
In April 18 all large employers will be tasked by the government to report on their gender pay gap and actions being taken to address this, to include improving access to flexible and part time working.
The UK wholesale sector has a significant opportunity to develop its approach to flexible working as a way to position wholesale as an industry where both women and men can develop and progress their careers, whilst balancing work with life.
Timewise is the UK’s leading social consultancy for flexible working and flexible hiring. Our approach is to work in partnership with employers within specific sectors to identify cultural and operational constraints to enhancing flexible working and co-design innovation solutions and programmes to overcome these.
Timewise is now working with five major retailers; John Lewis, B&Q, Dixons Carphone, Tesco and Cook, to implement the first phase (steps 1-3) of a five step programme in their business to build flexible career pathways to progress talent.
We have identified an opportunity to apply this learning to develop a 5-step programme targeted specifically at wholesale.
With women making up 47% of wholesale employees and, estimates suggest, only 9% of management roles, Timewise believes that unblocking progression for part-time workers will have significant potential to help wholesalers drive greater gender diversity and inclusion, attract better talent and maximise the potential of its existing pipeline.
Timewise is partnering with the Federation of Wholesale Distributers to develop the first flexible working programme in the UK targeted specifically at the wholesale sector.
- Access for a Timewise associate to a senior HR representative and Operations Manager for one face to face interview, plus a follow up phone call
- Access to workforce data on current flexible and part time working patterns, to be treated in confidence
- Attendance at Timewise and FWD event
If you are interested in taking part, please email Elit Rowland firstname.lastname@example.org