Non-traditional solutions to address the unique needs of women can have a positive impact on an organization’s long-term ability to engage and retain female talent, according to new global research from Mercer, When Women Thrive, Businesses Thrive. The research, which analyzed workforce data for more than 1.7 million employees in 28 countries, including more than 680,000 women, identifies what organizations can do to fully engage women in the workplace, ensure that diversity thrives, and achieve business success.
“Women continue to be underrepresented at senior levels in the workforce, despite decades of organizational efforts to achieve gender diversity and equality,” says Brian Levine, Innovation Leader for Mercer’s North America Workforce Strategy & Analytics consulting business. “Solutions require thinking beyond mentoring programs and diverse hiring slates.”
For example, he says, “More creative thinking about retirement programs, including the provision of investment training customized to differences in behavior, by gender, and gender-specific health education campaigns both correlate with workflows that support greater future representation of women in senior levels.”
Learn more about Mercer’s first-of-its-kind research on gender diversity.
To learn more about the findings of this research and download the report, visit http://www.mercer.com/services/talent/forecast/gender-diversity.html.