Leveling the Playing Field for Women at Work
Today’s organizations are continually challenged with attracting, engaging and retaining working women—and this was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, which forced millions of women to take a leave of absence or exit the workforce altogether to focus on family.
Organizations know that retaining working women is key to achieving the high performance that comes from having a diverse workforce. In fact, a 2019 report found that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on executive teams were 25% more likely to have above-average profitability than companies in the bottom quartile.¹
A new white paper from Medela aims to educate and support employers who are seeking to improve Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in their organizations. This paper discusses how employers can embrace gender equity and create workplaces that level the playing field for women. It also offers specific recommendations for how organizations can foster more equitable environments for working parents that will help attract, engage and retain female talent. Kin - Healthy Returns for New Moms, the program sponsoring the white paper, wrote it to offer HR professionals and company executives a look at the research and latest developments behind creating cultures that can attract and retain working moms.
1. McKinsey & Co, Diversity Wins: How Inclusion Matters, May 2020