More than 2.3 million women have left the workforce during the pandemic, largely to be more available to their families while supporting virtual school from home and caregiving. It’s a staggering loss on the heels of women overtaking men as a total percentage of the workforce in just over one year ago, knocking women’s participation levels back to those we saw in the 1980s.

A second wave of losses could be on the horizon as companies look to open up offices while schools may not be back to normal schedules. Companies will need to do the hard work to prevent inequities when it comes to flexible work structures that could penalize women who can’t “opt” back into the office due to caregiving responsibilities. For companies looking for specific guidance on a workplace reboot, I encourage you to download our free report (written last year but still very relevant!).

This video is a general primer for companies looking to retain women talent. For additional strategies, please contact Après to learn how we can help you recruit, retain and importantly, return women talent to the workforce.