5 key challenges that GCC countries must overcome to keep women in the labor force
- Tahseen Consulting’s Wes Schwalje was invited to speak at the 4th Arab Women Leadership Forum
- One of the most widely reported challenges that GCC countries and companies now face is the retention of highly qualified female employees
One of the most widely reported challenges that GCC countries and companies now face is the retention of highly qualified female employees.
Retention can be particularly problematic as women try to strike a balance between familial responsibilities and succeeding in the workplace.
Schwalje asked the panel to reflect on five key challenges: overcoming social perceptions about occupations traditionally dominated by males, implementing female-friendly workplace policies, enabling work-life balance, developing family-friendly facilities, and articulating clear career trajectories for women.
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Panel members included Khawla Al Mehairi, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communication, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Khaled Al Khudair, Founder, Glowork, and Deborah Gills, Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst.
A copy of Tahseen Consulting’s analysis supporting the importance of addressing the five panel focus themes is below along a with video that captures Schwalje’s thoughts on the way forward.