Off-Ramps and On-Ramps Revisited

Off-Ramps and On-Ramps Revisited

by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Diana Forster, Laura Sherbin, Peggy Shiller
     
 

The findings were announced at The New York Times auditorium with presentations by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, one of the authors of the study and Founder and President of The Center for Work Life Policy, and Lisa Belkin, the author of the New York Times Magazine cover story “The Opt-Out Revolution” which caused a media firestorm about time-outs from…  See more details below

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The findings were announced at The New York Times auditorium with presentations by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, one of the authors of the study and Founder and President of The Center for Work Life Policy, and Lisa Belkin, the author of the New York Times Magazine cover story “The Opt-Out Revolution” which caused a media firestorm about time-outs from careers (“off-ramping”) in 2003 and inspired the Center’s first study of the trend in 2005.

Since the recession, the study found, timeouts or “off-ramping” from a career for childcare or other reasons have become increasingly unaffordable to women whose income has become increasingly important to family budgets. Getting back into the workforce after a timeout has become even more difficult. 73% percent of women trying to return to the workforce after a voluntary timeout for childcare or other reasons have trouble finding a job. Those who do return lose 16 percent of their earning power and over a quarter report a decrease in their management responsibilities and 22 percent had to step down to a lower job title. And many women can’t sustain the increased hours at most jobs today when saddled with an uneven share of family childcare and household responsibilities. Unless companies facilitate off-ramping and on-ramping more effectively, women’s earning power and promotion opportunities will never measure up to the linear, lock-step progression of male careers. And over the long term, companies will lose out on the valuable contributions of women, who represent 58% of the highly credentialed talent pool.

“As women experience difficulty getting back on the career track, confidence and ambition stall, and many women end up downsizing their dreams,” says Hewlett. “Five years after the original study, this research continues to have profound implications: off-ramps and on-ramps are here to stay and employers should sit up and pay attention—or suffer the consequences of sidelining and side-swiping 58 percent of the highly credentialed talent pool.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780988745650
Publisher:
Rare Bird Books
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
126
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Sylvia Ann Hewlett: Sylvia Ann Hewlett is an economist and the founding president of the Center for Work-Life Policy, a non-profit think tank where she chairs the "Hidden Brain Drain," a task force of 67 global companies committed to global talent innovation.
Diana Forster: Diana Forster is Assistant Vice President at the Center for Work-Life Policy. Ms. Forster is involved in Hidden Brain Drain research projects on "The Female Talent Pipeline in Emerging Markets," "Top Asian Talent," "Off-Ramps and On-Ramps Revisited"
Laura Sherbin: Laura Sherbnin, Executive Vice President and Director of Research, at the Center for Talent Innovation (formerly Center for Work-Life Policy), heads up CTI’s survey research. She is an economist specializing in work-life issues and gender.
Peggy Shiller: Peggy Shiller is Executive Director of the Center for Work-Life Policy. She lives in New York.
Karen Sumberg: Karen Sumberg is Senior Vice President at the Center for Work-Life Policy.

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