The Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 forced more than 13 million women in Latin America to abandon their jobs. In 2023, recovery difficulties are still constant, as 8 percent, equivalent to more than one million women, have not being able to return to the labor system due to childcare-related problems.
ManpowerGroup’s study “What women want at work” reveals that part of the impediments that keep women unemployed is also the fact that they perform 7 percent more tasks at home than men.
Hence, the future of work must be balanced, stable, qualified and equitable.
Among the relevant data of the study, 35 percent of women would exchange 5 percent of their salary for a 4-day week, and 16 percent to work remotely. This would allow them to fulfill their different roles.
“In a post-pandemic world, women want work to look different and are looking for more from employers than they offered before. With the talent shortage at its highest level in 16 years globally it is critical that the new needs are heard” said Beatriz Robles, chief operating officer at Manpower.
She noted that job security is more important post-pandemic and the numbers indicate that 20 percent want more certainty about their future. They consider that more important than a role that reflects their passion or values.
Several ways employers and individuals can help women succeed in the post-pandemic workplace include:
Listen: women are asking companies to do more. Realize that we need to look to the future not the past.
Confidence: Flexibility and hybrid work are considered hot topics. Their autonomy is what matters most.
Invest: In education, experience and exposure.
Adopt a whole-person approach, that is work and personal life.
“Female talent also requires plans to update themselves in the labor market that demands technological and human competencies such as knowledge in data intelligence and adaptability,” said Beatriz Robles.
According to the study, women say they continue to be left out of training or professional development opportunities, which limits their opportunities for advancement in their organizations.
Sixty-seven percent of women say they are less likely to be offered any training. And only 31 percent of respondents said they receive training in technical skills.
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