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3 Ways Companies Can Retain Working Moms Right Now

Published December 1, 2020

Executive Summary

As Covid-19 forces women — particularly mothers — out of the workforce, the authors ask what managers can do to help reverse this trend. The authors interviewed employed women with children under the age of 16 at home and who had partners. The conversations revealed how managers were — and weren’t — supporting the women. The authors find three ways that managers can ensure mothers remain on the job — during the pandemic, and beyond: Provide certainty and clarity, wherever possible, rightsize job expectations, and continue to show empathy.

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