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  • Report
  • 18th Jun 2021

Supporting men to take longer parental leave and work flexibly

Whilst there are a range of barriers contributing to men’s lower uptake of parental leave and flexible working, one explanation could be that, while men privately want to take more paternity leave and work flexibly, and are supportive of others who do, they underestimate support for these behaviours among their…

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Rachel Lim

Rachel is an Advisor in the Singapore office working across a range of policy areas, with a particular focus on health, wellbeing, employment and crime. Prior to joining the team, she was a consultant at a boutique consulting firm, aAdvantage Consulting Group, where she worked with government agencies and private…

  • Report
  • 15th Jun 2021

Making Markets Better

The economic shocks of COVID-19 have both highlighted the need for, and presented the opportunity to, rethink markets and market policies. Drawing on the work of our The Behavioural Economy report, Making Markets Better explores how we can revolutionise markets through a behavioural lens and evidence-based strategies, in order to…

  • Blog
  • 11th Jun 2021

Targeted referrals can improve gender equality in recruitment

We partnered with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to find ways to reduce their gender pay gap. We designed an intervention to diversify the range of people employees organically share new vacancies with by explicitly encouraging staff to share vacancies with underrepresented groups: targeted referrals. We also encouraged managers to…

  • Report
  • 10th Jun 2021

Flexibility by default: Increasing the advertisement of part-time or job-share options

BIT partnered with the John Lewis Partnership (JLP) to test whether increasing the advertisement of part-time or job-share options would increase career progression among JLP’s part-time staff.

  • Report
  • 4th Jun 2021

Facilitating return to the labour market with a novel CV format intervention

We applied to 9,022 job vacancies over a 6-month period spanning October 2019 to March 2020. We found that displaying experience in terms of the number of years rather than dates led to a 4.8 percentage point (14.6%) increase in the positive callback rate. Further analysis suggested that the ‘no…

  • Blog
  • 4th Jun 2021

Can one line on a CV support people back into work?

Recruiters spend less than 10 seconds screening a CV. Such rapid decision-making increases the role that bias can play in hiring decisions. Rather than skills, irrelevant factors can become filtering criteria or sources of discrimination, consciously or otherwise. To test how changes to the design of CVs might reduce a…

  • Blog
  • 2nd Jun 2021

Can behavioural science facilitate frugal innovation?

Did you know that a fridge could be made from clay? Or that sawdust, coffee husks and macadamia shells could be turned into an efficient energy source? These are examples of frugal innovations which are ”faster, better and cheaper solutions for more people that employ minimal resources”. Such innovations started…

  • Blog
  • 24th May 2021

Will flexible working improve gender equality after COVID-19?

Today we launch a report detailing the findings from a longitudinal survey carried out in 2020 with nearly 4,500 UK employees that collected data on the time periods before lockdown (March), during early lockdown (May) and during tiered lockdown (October). We explored changes in flexible working across time and their…

  • Report
  • 24th May 2021

Impact of changes in flexible working during lockdown on gender equality in the workplace

We carried out a longitudinal survey with UK employees (n = 4,426) to explore changes in flexible working (remote working and hours), unpaid care work (childcare, adult care and housework), career and wellbeing outcomes, and their relationship with gender equality in the workplace.