Archive for the ‘off-ramp’ Category

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If It Works For You

April 23, 2009

nytimes-pic-baby-to-work-32709There has been much media buzz generated lately about bringing babies to work. NPR and USA Today recently ran stories on the number of companies which allow new parents to bring their infants to work (usually until mobile, around 6 months old). Also, the NY Times ran the picture to the left on March 27, 2009 of a mom bringing her baby to work.  According to the USA Today article, Day care’s new frontier: Your baby at your desk, there are more than 80 companies that allow this very family-friendly benefit. 

As I read the stories I reflected back on the time surrounding my son’s birth (just a short 8 months ago) and thought what it would be like to have him in my office (I work from home so he’s here but not technically in the office).  On the days he was an angel it would have been a huge benefit for me to have him at work so I could accomplish both tasks – taking care of business and my son and not relying on someone to do it for me.  But on the days he was fussy, obviously he would have taken precedent.    

But I do find the direction in which companies are moving to be more family-friendly very heart warming.  As I wrote in a earlier post – “93% of women who off-ramp want to go back to work, but only 40% of these women succeed in finding mainstream jobs.” (Source: Off-Ramps and On-Ramps by Sylvia Ann Hewlett).  As the articles and stories stated this new family-friendly trend (or fad) won’t work for every company or industry but if companies don’t get a handle on the ability to retain female talent they will struggle to compete.  Add this struggle in retention to the retiring Baby Boomers, Millennials’ desire to put family first and the US not attracting oversees talent in the way it has in the past – there is a perfect storm brewing that will have tough consequences for companies to adapt to.

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A Little Late to the Dance

March 24, 2009

Though I may be knee deep in the work I do I am a little late to the blogging dance.

For years I have been intriqued by the different generations working side-by-side in the workplace and how company leadership deals with the differences in communication styles, values and the fustration that sometimes follows.

And now as a new mom I have even more passion to help companies ‘off-ramp’ and ‘on-ramp’ talented employees who decide to take a break. In her book, “Off-Ramps and On-Ramps”, Sylvia Ann Hewlett provides a shocking statistic… “93% of women who off-ramp want to go back to work, but only 40% of these women succeed in finding mainstream jobs.” That is a ridiculous loss of talent!

Though Baby Boomers may not be retiring in the large droves that was predicted a few years ago (due to the beating their 401Ks are taking), we will need more talent in the coming years. When the economy does turn around companies will need to be prepared to capitalize on growth strategies and to be successfully a company must have the right talent.

Employee attraction and retention should still be a main focus of company leadership and there is no better way to know what your employees want then to ask. When is the last time you reviewed your policies, practices, procedures and culture? Interested? Visit http://www.sbrconsult.com. (Site goes live March 30, 2009.)

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