College educated. Qualified. Strong leadership capabilities. And unemployed.
Did you know that 43% of highly qualified women with children are leaving careers or off-ramping for a period of time?
This means that these talented women are choosing to exchange degrees and promotions for diapers and play dates. That is an unbelievable number to fathom with less millennials having children.
Full disclosure, I came pretty close myself. I chose to leave my then career and opted for contract work which offered less pressure. But I struggled at length with mom guilt, especially after having my second child. Life felt pretty easy during maternity leave. I nailed a system at home and felt like I was thriving in all fronts. However, I felt completely depleted after returning from maternity leave. I was surrounded by people who didn't understand what it was like to be forced to use a breast pump in a closet, let alone have smaller children at home.
Don't even let me get started on the cost of daycare for two children.
I absolutely loved the progressive company I worked for. But there weren't enough gym memberships, free lunches or discount programs in the world to make me choose that life over one in which my family was a priority.
So I walked away from a thriving career.
My story isn't unique. Employees are not ashamed to share that work-life balance is a priority. With children or without. They want to feel that they have control over their lives.
I have worked in staffing and recruitment with various industries. The issue is unanimous across the board: the candidate pool is slim and companies are struggling to attract (or retain) top, qualified candidates. Candidates are choosing companies that invest in their values, like work'life balance. This means that slow-changing organizations are left with an unfilled vacancy for months at a time, costing thousands of dollars.
The Harvard Business Review recently shared an article titled "Why People Thrive in Coworking Spaces"
This sums up exactly why I founded and launched Work Nest, South Carolina's first and only shared work space offering onsite child care. If this resonates with you, let's talk soon.