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How New Working Models Can Provide More Equal Opportunities

Switzerland is known for its world-class universities and thriving economy. Despite these achievements, however, there is still a significant gender gap in the Swiss workforce. In particular, women remain underrepresented in leadership positions and still face challenges. But how can we address this inequality and give women a better chance to achieve their career goals? The Next Generation Work movement (also known as the New Model of Work or New Work) has emphasized the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. A core philosophy is to create human-centric working conditions, aligned with the needs and expectations of all employees. This not only means a better work-life balance, but also gives women the opportunity to achieve a better compatibility between their professional and private lives. Several companies in Switzerland are already committed to human-centered working conditions and thus ensure more equal opportunities for women. They allow their employees to organize their work flexibly and support the possibility of working from home or provide alternative work locations. These flexible working arrangements make it easier for women who normally have major family commitments to continue their careers without sacrificing the needs of their families. Of course, it is not only up to industry to ensure greater equality of opportunity. Politicians can also make a contribution by passing laws to promote equality. Switzerland has already taken some initiatives in this regard, such as the law on equal pay for men and women for work of the same value, which came into force in 2020. Overall, it is clear that human-centered work and new working models can be an important step towards equal opportunities for working women in Switzerland. Companies that promote such working conditions benefit not only from a broader talent pool, but also from higher employee satisfaction and retention. It is about creating a work culture that meets the individual needs and expectations of all employees, regardless of gender. When companies promote this work culture, it helps reduce gender inequality in the Swiss workplace. In summary, then, equal opportunity in New Work is not just a trend or a fad, but an important development in Switzerland as a business location. It can help ensure that women in Switzerland finally have the same career opportunities as men and that their achievements are recognized accordingly. If companies and policymakers work together, they can create a work culture based on equality and diversity, in which all employees can develop their full potential.