As global talent shortages grow more acute, new ways of engaging and developing the business leaders of tomorrow are needed to deliver sustainable talent strategies for the future.
Businesses are investing in their people, but neglecting to address the issues of why women are leaving the workforce, and why women continue to be underrepresented in business at the senior level.
The question is no longer why are women exiting the workforce, but rather, what can employers do to attract and retain talented women in their business. 77% of those surveyed believe women are underrepresented in business leadership
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About the research
This research, based on a survey of almost 500 women working in professional disciplines, explores the effectiveness of current strategies to empower and advance women in the workplace, looking at areas such as flexible working, mentoring, leadership and even asking women what constitutes a successful career.
- 77% of those surveyed believe women are underrepresented in business leadership
- Eight in ten women rank flexible work options for parents as important - but only half of employers offer this
- 44% of women surveyed would change jobs to find an employer with a better maternity policy
- 53% of women who took a break from their career felt they were disadvantaged when they returned