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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Businesses Risk Losing Talent by Not Accommodating Women of Childbearing Age
09/25/2006

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, president and CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

A demographic shift is occurring and trends show a tight squeeze for business talent when baby boomers retire. Is your company preparing for your future success – particularly when it comes to female workers?

Two-thirds of women with children under 18 are in the workforce, and more women choose to work into the final month of their pregnancies. But, a 2000 Census Bureau report showed that the percentage of women with infants under a year old still in the workforce dropped by 4 percent in two years. The drop is primarily among white, married women who are over 30 and educated. With more women than men completing their college educations these days, what happens if this trend continues?

Blogs and parenting sites show that some women are disappointed by the environment they find in the workplace. Many react to the way they are treated while pregnant and choose to take their skills elsewhere or drop out of the workforce altogether.

To keep talent, employers must find a way to accommodate women during their child-bearing years. Providing flex-time opportunities, continuing to invest in training and not forcing them off career tracks are just a few of the things employers can do to keep talented women in the workforce. Future economic success may depend on it.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based hospitals – Harris Methodist, Presbyterian and Arlington Memorial – I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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