Less than a third of female government comms staff ‘have healthy work-life balance’

Staff survey conducted by Government Communication Service finds just 27% of women believe GCS is supportive of working parents


GCS survey managers plan to look at why

By Mark Smulian

07 Aug 2018

 some women think the ‘always on’ nature of comms work hinders work-life balance. Credit: Pixabay

Fewer than one third of women in the Government Communication Service (GCS) think they are well supported as carers or have a healthy work-life balance, a survey has found.

The survey was conducted by the GCS Early Talent Programme over the past two months among female GCS staff.

It found that only 27% of respondents thought the GCS was supportive of working parents and carers, and 29% felt they were supported to achieve a healthy work-life balance.


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Many respondents were unaware of the GCS position on diversity and inclusion in these areas.

Survey managers said they now wanted to find out why women felt some GCS roles were fundamentally unsuited to those with caring responsibilities and why the ‘always on’ nature of communications work prevented them from achieving a healthy work-life balance.

They will hold a seminar on 14 September to discuss the issues raised.

A GCS spokesperson said the survey had been only for internal use.

They added: “This government is determined to build a country and a society which work for everyone, and supporting diversity and inclusion is a priority for the whole of government.  

"As part of this, the Government Communication Service wants to increase awareness about the policies and support available for female members, which is why we are holding our Women in Communications event in September, where we'll also be asking people what else can be done to meet the needs of women working in GCS."

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