Retaining top-tier talent is essential for achieving organisational success. Yet, a significant portion of the workforce, women, often face challenges that hinder their long-term engagement. Lakshmi Sreenivasan, a distinguished OD Consultant known for her advocacy of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at LS Learning Management System, underscores the significance of fostering inclusive settings where women can excel and make meaningful contributions to their maximum capacity.

The Retention Gap: A Loss Beyond Numbers

Women are exiting the workforce at a concerning pace. This exodus isn’t simply a loss of numbers; it represents a significant loss of talent, skills, and diverse perspectives. According to a 2023 McKinsey Global Institute report, organisations with a more varying leadership team report a 19% increase in returns from innovation compared to those with less diverse leadership. The report also found a strong correlation between gender diversity and profitability. Companies with more diverse leadership teams see a significant financial advantage over their peers. Here are some contributing factors to the retention gap:

  • Lack of Inclusion: Feeling like an outsider or not having a sense of belonging can lead to disengagement and a desire to leave. A 2023 Deloitte report found that 37% of women leaders reported feeling burned out, compared to only 31% of men at their level. This suggests a workplace environment that may not support the well-being of women leaders.
  • Limited Growth Opportunities: Women may feel overlooked for promotions or professional development opportunities, hindering their career advancement. According to a report by LeanIn.Org, 2023, 48% of female leaders who changed jobs within the past two years did so because they sought good opportunities for career advancement.
  • Unconscious Bias: Implicit biases can disadvantage women in performance reviews, promotions, and leadership opportunities. These biases can show up subtly, like saying a woman got lucky instead of acknowledging her skills for her success.
  • Work-Life Balance Challenges: The traditional workplace model often fails to accommodate the diverse needs of working women, creating a conflict between professional and personal commitments. Pew Research Center in 2023 found that mothers tend to be more responsible for managing childcare activities when compared to fathers.

Building a Culture of Belonging: More Than Just Policies

Creating a more inclusive work environment is not just the right thing to do- it’s an essential business strategy. Here’s how organisations can foster an atmosphere where women feel valued and supported:

  • Diversity and Inclusion Training: Equip leaders and employees with the tools to recognise and dismantle unconscious bias. LS Learning Management Systems offers interactive workshops utilising adult learning principles and experiential learning activities to create lasting change.
  • Mentorship and Sponsorship Programs: Connect experienced women with high-potential female employees, providing guidance and support for career growth. With her expertise in adult learning and coaching, Lakshmi Sreenivasan can help design and implement effective mentorship programs.
  • Flexible Work Arrangements: Offer work-life balance solutions like flexible schedules, remote work options, and on-site childcare to meet diverse needs. This demonstrates a commitment to understanding the challenges of working women and a willingness to find solutions.
  • Clear Advancement Opportunities: Create transparent career paths and provide clear criteria for promotions, ensuring opportunities for advancement based on merit. Regularly review promotion data to identify gender disparities and take corrective action if necessary.
  • Empowering Leadership: Cultivate leadership styles that value collaboration, communication, and diverse perspectives. Research shows that women often excel in collaborative leadership styles, fostering a more inclusive work environment.

LS Learning Management Systems: Your Partner in Building an Inclusive Future

Leveraging her extensive knowledge in adult learning and experiential workshops, Lakshmi Sreenivasan leads a team of trusted guides at LS Learning Management Systems. They offer customised training programs to equip organisations with the knowledge and skills to cultivate a culture of inclusion and belonging.

Investing in Inclusion Means Investing in Success:

Organisations unlock the wealth of talent, innovation, and success by fostering a workplace where women feel valued, supported, and empowered to grow. Contact LS Learning Management Systems today and learn how to build a more inclusive workplace that benefits everyone. Retaining your top talent starts with creating a space where women can thrive.

Schedule a consultation with us here or write to to discuss how LS Learning Management Systems can help your organisation create a more inclusive work environment for women.