The pandemic’s had a negative impact on women in the workplace.
Why is this?
Because caregiving responsibilities and other unpaid, informal labor are performed by women the majority of the time.
In 2020 alone, it’s estimated that women lost more than 5 million jobs, according to the new report “The gender gap widens: Three critical actions required to support women in the workplace” by Perceptyx.
Steps to stop the loss
Unfortunately, the report also found this negative effect isn’t stopping. But there are things firms can do to help mitigate future impacts on gender equity and inclusion:
- Prepare for fewer women in the office – Job posting that require the candidate to work in the office will receive fewer female applicants. Flexibility is key.
- Take actions to minimize promotion and compensation bias – Four in 10 employees who work at home at least part time receive fewer evaluations, less recognition and fewer promotions. Keep that in mind.
- Consider what women want to boost retention. Different factors motivate women like a flexible, hybrid work schedule.