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“Stepping out of the workforce has been an issue for so many women, for so long. But it was more or less invisible,” says Addie Swartz of reacHIRE, a Boston-based company that runs returnships and other professional development programs for employers including T-Mobile and Wayfair. “Now it’s front and center.”
It’s a fact: Companies that retain talent save money, time and energy. The year ahead is the moment to make that investment to support talent at all levels. Through in-person or virtual programs that create a community for employees at all levels of a company, not just the top, organizations can increase their supply of
When it comes to COVID’s economic and social collateral damage, far too little attention is being paid to the impact on women. They are leaving the workforce at an unprecedented rate in order to take care of their families, turning our economic crisis into a “she-cession” that is erasing many of the workplace gains women
Addie Swartz started reacHIRE to help women resume their careers and eliminate the stigma of career breaks. Since the Concord-based company launched in 2013, reacHIRE has placed nearly 1,000 women into new jobs across sectors from financial services to life sciences. About 96 percent of the women hired into full-time roles stay longer than two
During this female-led recession, returnships could be part of the solution, proponents say. “It’s even more critical that companies and our society really figure out how to create on-ramps for this great talent,” said Addie Swartz, CEO of reacHIRE.