Employers may be familiar with one unfortunate refrain of the pandemic landscape: Women have borne the brunt of the job crisis.
Be it through layoffs in industries that skew heavily female, poor access to remote work options or pressure to provide child care as schools and day care closed at the height of the pandemic, women of all backgrounds have faced myriad challenges in the market. Even as the job market has fluctuated, the female participation rate in the labor force has hovered around the same rate — and it is now around 10% lower than the male participation rate, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
To overcome what experts predict will be a tough year for talent pros, employers may need to focus on retaining women. The below stories showcase the solutions companies can employ to keep women on board, even as uncertainty reigns in the wake of the delta variant.