LinkedIn unveils new global campaign ‘#FlexibleIs’
LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, has today launched #FlexibleIs, a global, integrated campaign running across India, UK, France, Germany, and Australia, which highlights the importance of flexibility in creating a fairer world of work and keeping women in employment.
As part of LinkedIn’s commitment to create a more equitable world of work for women, the campaign aims to break biases around career flexibility, and showcases how flexibility means different things to different professionals. The campaign leads with an emotive film showcasing inspirational stories from people across the globe, highlighting what flexibility means to them, and encouraging open and honest conversations around the pressures professionals face every day. The film, directed by Anne Hollowday, takes viewers on a journey to meet members and offers a glimpse into just how crucial flexibility is right now.
The campaign will see LinkedIn bring together influencers, creators, and the community to share what flexible working really means to them, and how it has supported their careers using the #FlexibleIs hashtag. LinkedIn has recently introduced a new ‘career break’ option, giving members a new way to reflect breaks from work on their LinkedIn Profile and normalise flexible careers.
The launch comes as data continues to show the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on women. Globally, women’s employment declined by 4.2% during the pandemic, representing a drop of 54 million jobs, while men’s employment declined by 3%. LinkedIn’s new research of 2,266 professionals in India reveals that 7 in 10 (72%) of working women have either left their job or considered leaving their job due to a lack of flexibility. Findings also show that significantly more women (88%) than men (79%) had to take a pay cut in order to work flexibly, underscoring the importance of flexibility in making workplaces equitable.
Created with creative agency VCCP, the digital-led campaign will publish advice, insights and inspirational stories on and off LinkedIn to encourage conversations and inspire action across social platforms including LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Ngaire Moyes, Vice President, Communications and Brand, International, LinkedIn said: “The pandemic brought a revolution in flexible working. And now many professionals, particularly women, rightly don’t want to go back to the way things were as it has improved their lives in untold ways. Our study finds that over half of women have either left their job or considered leaving because of a lack of flexibility. Yet misconceptions and biases remain around flexible work. Through LinkedIn’s new marketing campaign, #FlexibleIs, we are bringing the LinkedIn community together to create a global conversation and raise awareness about why flexibility matters, what it means to people and how it can benefit employers — and in doing so we hope to further normalise flexibility at work.”
Nicky Vita, Head of Planning, VCCP, comments: “LinkedIn’s global research proves just how important flexibility is to working women, but also how strong the stigma around it is, which can negatively impact women’s careers. With the pandemic forcing big changes to where we work, there has never been a more critical time to shine a light on all the forms of flexibility that are crucial to making the world of work fairer for all. With this launch, we’re calling on the LinkedIn community to open up about how flexible working improves their lives, from students to mums and dads, to people who have a hustle on the side. #FlexibleIs celebrates true flexibility, in all its forms, for everyone.”
To help professionals navigate flexibility better, LinkedIn is unlocking 5 LinkedIn learning courses Returning to work with a resume gap, Preparing your family leave and return, Negotiating work flexibility, Becoming a male ally for women at work, and Inclusive female leadership from 12 April to 11 May, 2022.
The consumer research survey conducted by LinkedIn and Censuswide is based on the survey responses of 22,995 respondents in the UK, USA, Ireland, France, Germany, Brazil, KSA, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, Australia, Austria, Switzerland, Singapore, Canada, India, Spain, UAE and Mexico. 2,266 Indian respondents participated in the research, which was conducted between 21st January 2022 - 8th February 2022 with the aim to shine a light on the challenges faced by women at work, and uncover opportunities to help drive change and break biases that hold women back.