Keeping Moms in the Workforce
While mothers are the fastest growing segment of the workforce, the US is still experiencing a lag in labor force participation by women in contrast to other industrialized nations.
This gap is largely attributed to structural barriers that keep many mothers on the sidelines. Research suggests that policy interventions to reduce those barriers could open the doors for up to 5 million prime-age, skilled workers into the US labor force.
Many employers are about to lose an employee & don’t even know it:
- 47% of pregnant workers consider quitting for a more breastfeeding-friendly job
- Less than 18% feel confident about returning to work after childbirth
- 37% of workers feel so unsupported & isolated while trying to pump at work, they consider handing in their notice
Turnover costs US companies $160 billion/year.
For employers, losing an employee is a costly problem–and it gets more expensive the more experience an employee has. Turnover in relation to motherhood is getting even costlier for employers, as women are waiting longer, until they’re more established in their careers, to have children. When factoring in lost productivity, recruiting, training & on-boarding, it can cost an average of $150,000 to replace an experienced employee.
It’s more than just a room.
Work & Mother provides the ideal framework to help guide new mothers through the hardest trials of working motherhood. By relieving many of the physical & emotional stressors, we can help working mothers succeed–both at work and at home.