Stop the Talent Drain: Retain Working Women in the Pandemic


Today, 1 in 4 women are considering downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce entirely.

As the pandemic continues, the workforce is seeing a mass exodus of women employees, from the top down, leaving to care for family and children. Even as workers are returning to work when allowed, women are returning at a much lower rate – opting to stay out of the workforce.

This talent drain is not expected to recover anytime soon.

Not only is your organization at risk of losing valuable talent, but diversity and inclusions efforts are going to be heavily impacted, too. 

Join us for this 60-minute workshop to discover the short-term and long-term impacts of this workforce exodus on your employee base and recruiting efforts, as well as what you can do to retain your valuable women employees.

You’ll learn:

  • How to stand out as an employer by standing up for your employees during this time of crisis
  • Reasonable accommodations employers can make to help retain their women employees
  • Ensure that your diversity and inclusion statements and efforts translate into your worker treatment and options
  • Strategies to optimize momentum while not causing undue stress

Program Highlights

Challenges for women in the workplace during the pandemic:

  • The COVID gender gap and how it disrupts your workforce
  • Who is exiting, why, and what you can do as an employer
  • What excessive pressure on the female workforce could cost your organization

Techniques to counter a COVID-fueled exodus in your organization, including how to:

  • Better navigate today’s tough work-life balance with employees
  • Foster an inclusive environment during a time of physical and social distancing
  • Establish new expectations without sacrificing productivity and quality
  • Support women whose support systems were stripped away
  • Use various tools and resources to provide employees with guidance and support

Get answers to HR managers’ most pressing questions, like:

  • How do I drive productivity without eliciting burnout by adding to employee stress?
  • What can I do to motivate our female talent base to stay during the stressors of COVID?
  • How do we attract strong female candidates who have left other employers during the pandemic?

About the Speaker

In addition to corporate experience in several industries, Michelle Coussens has owned and operated Plan B Consulting for more than a decade. Her services span training and guidance in preparing strategic and business plans, assisting in plan development and execution, and various other aspects of operational excellence. In addition, she facilitates meetings and retreats in project management, leadership, ethics, and other interpersonal topics, and she conducts market analysis and competitive intelligence for various types of entrepreneurs and organizations worldwide.

Michelle was the founding Chair of the Illinois Diversity Council Board of Directors and is a member of the Northwestern Council of 100.

Michelle is on the faculty of the American Management Association and of NeighborWorks® America, where she teaches numerous different strategic planning, management, and analytical seminars to business professionals around the world, teaches classroom seminars and online webinars for the Real Estate Institute, and she is also on the business faculty at College of DuPage.

Program Benefits

Research shows that more women are leaving the workforce, and it’s more important than ever to hold onto your strong female leadership and performance in your company. In this 60-minute workshop, you’ll learn how to better retain, rehire, and attract valuable women in your industry, as well as avoid burnout to those who are more susceptible to it with today’s challenging work-life balance.

If you’d like this program customized for your organization, call us at 1-800-964-6033. We’re certain we can fulfill your training needs, while making it fit in your budget!

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