Recent research by SHRM found that 31% of U.S. female employees said they personally know a women who left their job last year so they could attend to caregiving responsibilities during the pandemic. The survey also found that 27% of women saw their own professional development take a hit due to their caregiving duties compared with only 10% of men who said the same.
“The post-COVID workplace is different, and employers, led by HR, can shape it,” said Emily M. Dickens, chief of staff, head of government affairs and corporate secretary for SHRM. “This is our opportunity to make work better for women, for families, for society, for all.”
Dickens also represents SHRM on a Special Initiative on Women’s Empowerment effort, which was started by a worldwide task force of business leaders known as the B20 in response to the challenges that working women face. Dickens prioritizes paid leave, workplace flexibility and inclusion and pay equity as three areas that leaders should focus on to help women.