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School of Business and Management

Working arrangements and COVID-19: Employee preferences and employer responses in Australia

When: Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Where: Online, Zoom

Speaker: Professor Marian Baird AO, BEc (Hons) DipEd PhD Sydney, FASSA

This event is hosted by the Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity (CRED), School of Business and Management @QMUL_CRED. The event will take place 9.30am-10.45am (UK Time)/6.30pm-7.45pm (Sydney Time).


The COVID-19 lockdowns in Australia forced a change in work and care arrangements which also catalysed public discussion about gender relations in the home and at work. This presentation assesses the many studies conducted during the pandemic of female and male working time preferences, and employer responses. Results show that both employee and employer preferences for all forms of flexible working arrangements increased, but there is less agreement about flexibility preferences for the future, how working time, workplaces and the gender contract will be re-shaped, or how new work arrangements should be regulated.  


Professor Marian Baird AO, BEc (Hons) DipEd PhD Sydney, FASSA 

Marian is Professor of Gender and Employment Relations, Head of the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies and Co-Director of the Women and Work Research Group in the University of Sydney Business School. She is a Presiding Pro-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and a member of the APEC Study Centre Board at RMIT. In 2016 Marian was awarded an AO for outstanding services to improving the quality of women’s working lives and for contributions to tertiary education. Marian has won numerous grants from business and governments to study parental leave in Australia, gender equitable organisational change, women and economic development, and work and family policy. She has contributed to government advisory boards and enquiries relating to parental leave, gender equity and sexual harassment in the workplace. Her current research topics are reproductive leave arrangements, and mature workers and care. She is a Chief Investigator on The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence on Population Ageing Research (CEPAR). 

Followed by Q&A.

This event will be recorded. 

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