Women have been a rapidly growing part of the U.S. workforce ever since Rosie the Riveter rolled up her sleeves, donned a scarf, and starred in a campaign to recruit female workers for World War II defense industries. In the 76 years since Rosie appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, however, our business community has yet to fully recognize the unique health needs of women, even though they comprise nearly 50% of today’s workforce.
Why should employers care about the well-being of women? First of all, there is an implied social contract between employers and employees that obligates companies to invest in and take care of their people. In other words, it’s the right thing to do. Furthermore, when the healthcare and well-being needs of women aren’t met, the result is higher costs and lower productivity. Here are just a few sobering statistics from Maven, a digital health clinic for women:
Additional studies conclude that mothers returning to work aren’t the only women affected by health conditions not addressed in the workplace. Examples include:
The good news is that these costs and lost productivity are preventable, and progressive companies are addressing women’s health and well-being needs […]
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