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BCS : Companies should encourage women to work from home

BCS' Women's Forum, speaking through gender expert Jan Peters, asked UK-based companies to practise what they preach by allowing its employees, especially women, to work from home.

She said that "It is all very well trying to attract women to your company by advertising flexible working, but when it comes down to it, it isn't that easy and they make you feel uncomfortable."

Companies, she argues, still have to improve the "inclusiveness" of their work places and empower employees to work flexibly when requested.

Ms Peters' comments came after BT had announced that it has kick started a pilot call centre which allows its employees to work from home in Scotland.

Broadband has been a godsend for teleworkers and although technology has made great strides in making the transition from working in an office to working from home a seamless experience, it looks as if the human factor is taking more time to adapt.

The comments come after research by BCS shows that women account for around a quarter of academic and research staff in the IT and computer science departments of British universities.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.