The boss of the future is female and over 50

Women over 50 will make better bosses in flexible work arrangements. This is what a new study from the British telecoms company BT has found.

by BT
Last Updated: 23 Jul 2013

Women understand the benefits of flexible working better than their male counterparts. They also trust their colleagues to get the job done, be it at home or in the office.

Both employers and employees agree that trust is the single most important quality in managing a remote workforce. In fact, employees put it way ahead of communicating effectively (21%), good organisation (14%), and the ability to motivate (12%).

Age also seems to impact people's willingness to trust - young managers were much more suspicious (38%) than their older counterparts (25%).

Caroline Waters, director at people and policy at BT, says "when it comes to making a success of flexible working, this survey throws the spotlight firmly on the importance of softer people management skills", for which older women are perfectly suited.

Ian Pearson, a futuroligist at BT, sees the trend as fitting neatly with what he calls "the women's economy". This is an economy in which human skills become more important the more technology advances. Women, he argues, will therefore play a key role in providing the softer social and emotional skills normally associated with them.

Review by Emilie Filou

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