Christine Laperriere is the Executive Director of the Women of Influence Advancement Centre. She is a professional coach and certified expert in helping people and organizations identify talent and opportunities. Click here to see which upcoming courses are taught by Christine.
Do you know whether or not your organization is capable of retaining high potential women?
I recently had an enlightening conversation with a top executive at a large engineering firm. Time and time again, their high potential women were leaving the organization, claiming child care responsibilities and family demands as the cause. The real reason behind their response? They didn’t want to offend their employer as they left. When the same women were asked months later about their experience at the firm, they shared their feelings about a culture that didn’t value them and felt suffocating.
This is happening everyday. Only the best companies realize that when high potential women leave the company, there is a problem that needs to be addressed.
Corporate culture is everything when it comes to retaining that hard-working talent your organization values so much. If your organization is having difficulty keeping high potential women, then it’s time to review your gender diversity and inclusion strategy – regardless of the reason they give you for leaving.