In June this year, the Committee for Perth published the research report, 'Filling the Pool’. Part-sponsored by Shell, it looked in detail into some of the reasons behind the lack of women at senior levels of organisations. One of the key findings was that firms tend to see flexible work practices and the granting of parental leave as primarily a woman’s issue. The discoveries have encouraged Shell to continue to pursue a progressive policy that aims to normalise flexible working hours for everyone, regardless of their gender. It’s a policy with two key goals: to combat gender inequality in the workplace and increase the productivity and motivation of employees.
One employee who has benefited from Shell’s forward-thinking policy is Luis Flores, who has been based in Perth managing the contracts and procurement of wells equipment for the past three years. Thanks to Shell’s parental and flexible working policies, Luis and his wife, Flo, were able to share the childcare efforts when looking after their children Amelia and Lukas. This allowed them to spend quality time with their children while maintaining their respective rewarding careers.