I’ll admit that I first saw a reference to this in the online version of The Wall Street Journal. But figured I would go to the source — a press release distributed by Korn/Ferry International. As we approach Mother’s Day this Sunday here’s the message. It’s still difficult for mothers to re-enter the workforce.

Here are some highlights from a recent survey conducted by Korn/Ferry:

  • Despite great strides made in the global workplace, more than three-quarters of executives (76 percent) indicate it is difficult for mothers re-entering the workforce today.
  • Almost half (49 percent) believe it is as difficult, if not more, for female executives intending to return to work than five years ago.

Why?

“A likely explanation for the perceived difficulty may be that nearly half of executives surveyed (49 percent) work for companies where flextime is not offered for new mothers. Almost three out of four executives (69 percent) rank ‘flexible work schedules’ as the most valuable benefit their employers could offer working parents.”

Corporate Voices for Working Families commissioned Harris Interactive last fall to conduct a survey to assess executive perceptions of flexibility. Survey questions were added to the Fall 2007 Executive Omnibus survey, a national telephone survey administered to a random sample of 150 senior-level executives at large corporations. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation sponsored the survey.

An executive summary of that survey is available on the Corporate Voices for Working Families Web site.

by Rob Jewell