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How Women Are Confronting The Gender Gap at Work

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Flexible work and childcare play a huge role in enabling women in the workplace. But supportive leadership is just as important, says Ingrid Jacobs, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at JLL. “There needs to be a paradigm shift away from a mindset that does not encourage bringing your personal life into the workplace,” she says. So how are women confronting the gender gap at work?

In the U.S., more than 600,000 women left the workforce last September – eight times more than the number of men, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than 11 million women have been impacted by job losses and two million have left the workforce […]

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Women this past year have left the workforce at a greater pace than men. However, the inequalities that they already faced have been compounded. Part of this is because, women are over-represented in professions like childcare, hospitality, and entertainment. These are professions which rely on person-to-person contact. And because women still tend to handle childcare and domestic duties, working from home has only added to their daily demands.

Companies must have more open conversations with employees about their home lives. They can take “simple steps such as making sure people take breaks during the day, and setting work-life boundaries by not sending emails late at night: these are things all leaders can do.”

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