WOMEN AND WORK
WE ARE TELLING THEIR STORIES
Local and national news outlets report stories of women who have left the workforce. In March 2022, on behalf of the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio, we conducted focus groups with women in Franklin County -- specifically women who were employed in February 2020 and whose employment has been impacted during or due to the pandemic. We wanted to learn what they need from workforce agencies and employers to help them obtain and maintain employment.
EMPLOYEES ARE NOT GOING TO WORK THE SAME WAY THEY WORKED BEFORE.
Their well-being and that of their families is key. They will not take a job if it means they will struggle.
women need from a job.
"I need to believe you've got my back."
"I need you to treat me with respect and empathy."
"I need something to show for my efforts."
To what degree do those jobs cause people to thrive or to struggle? Consider both at work and at home.
Employers having trouble finding or keeping employees should look at the jobs they expect the people to do.
LISTEN TO WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY.
PURPOSE | "I want something to show for my efforts."
TRUST | "Nobody is looking out for me ... but me."
HUMANITY | "I matter. Treat me like I do."
This project is conducted by Applegate Talent Strategies and is funded by the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio and the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, with support from the United Way of Central Ohio.