Odgers Berndtson: How To Retain Executive-Track Mothers During And After COVID-19: A Road Map For Employers

In January of 2020, women composed more than 50% of the American workforce. Six months and fifteen million jobs later, this may not be the case.

Even before the pandemic, research shows that 43% of American mothers quit their jobs when they have children. These “opt-outs” often struggle to re-enter the workforce, a difficulty that compounds the longer they stay out.

Here are some things that companies can consider:

  • Provide short term assistance
  • Adjust work schedules
  • Provide incentives
  • Rethink career timelines
  • Don’t let up
  • Support fathers
  • Ask mothers what they need

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Catherine Bass Black and Lisa DeConto
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