Employers are losing out on returner talent due to women swapping their current roles for more flexibility, according to new research.
The study, conducted by Executive Coaching Consultancy (ECC), found that one in six women return to work in a different function and 38 per cent change industry sector saying their current job offers more flexibility than the one they had prior to taking a break.
The research goes on to suggest that over half that have returned to work rank striking a comfortable balance between home and work responsibilities as the biggest challenge in their professions and work life.
Of those surveyed, 46 per cent also said that their biggest personal constraint to returning to work was finding alternative care arrangements for their children.
Networking was ranked as the second highest professional challenge by returners as home responsibilities reduce their availability to participate in networking events held outside regular office hours.
According to the research, one in four returners struggled with self-confidence, suggesting that even the most confident professional will experience a dip in confidence on their return.
Speaking about the research, Geraldine Gallacher, Managing Director, ECC and author of the report said, “This research shows that while offering returner support is a great way to mobilise the returner workforce there are teething problems with the support employers currently offer.”
“In order for both parties to get the most from a returner employers need to consider the full range of support they might offer in order to identify which will most effectively meet business objectives and the needs of returners.”
“Employers that can offer effective support to attract and retain returners will find themselves sitting on a talent goldmine.”