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The Business Case for Investing in Women’s Employment in Jordan : Amin Kawar and Sons (AKS) - Reaping the Benefits of Family-Friendly Policies : Case Study (English)

Family-friendly working arrangements and policies represent a win-win situation for both companies and their employees. Extensive research by International Finance Corporation (IFC) and others demonstrates how instituting family-friendly measures such as flexible hours, remote work and childcare solutions can reduce staff turnover, improve productivity, and help to attract investment, alongside many other benefits. In Jordan, family responsibilities play a major role in shaping women’s choices about paid employment, given strong cultural norms that women assume primary responsibility for family care and household duties. According to a recent World Bank study, an overwhelming majority of Jordanians support women working outside the home. Family-friendly working arrangements are key to attracting Jordanian women into the workforce, maintaining their participation, and enabling their career advancement. In turn, this ensures that Jordanian employers do not miss out on the benefits associated with higher levels of gender diversity, which range from better access to talent and skills to higher profits and greater innovation. This case study explores Amin Kawar and Sons (AKS’s) measures to enable family-friendly working, including flexible and remote working arrangements, training for new parents, and discounted childcare fees.

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    Mitwally,Tala Husam Hani, Mohamed,Yasmin Galal Mostafa, Ossaily,Yasmine

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    The Business Case for Investing in Women’s Employment in Jordan : Amin Kawar and Sons (AKS) - Reaping the Benefits of Family-Friendly Policies : Case Study

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Mitwally,Tala Husam Hani Mohamed,Yasmin Galal Mostafa Ossaily,Yasmine

The Business Case for Investing in Women’s Employment in Jordan : Amin Kawar and Sons (AKS) - Reaping the Benefits of Family-Friendly Policies : Case Study (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.