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Off-Ramps and On-Ramps: Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  6 reviews
With talent shortages looming over the next decade, what can companies do to attract and retain the large number of professional women who are forced off the career highway?
By documenting the successful efforts of a group of cutting-edge global companies to retain talented women and reintegrate them if they've already left, Off-Ramps and On-Ramps answers this critical que
ebook, 299 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by Harvard Business School Press (first published April 16th 2007)
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Dec 17, 2007 Molly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: politicians and their advisors
useful to know that there are other people attempting to change the political structure of the U.S. so that businesses are held to their fundamental purpose of helping people rather than pretending that business is paramount and that it is a good idea for people to spend their lives trying to be "model workers"

listening to the rhetoric in the U.S., one tends to forget that business are just human constructs, not divinely wrought and if employees can't live decent lives then businesses need to ad
Farnoosh Brock
“Off-ramps and On-ramps” is about handling various challenges in a woman’s career path. The on-ramp represents being full-force on a career path, and off-ramp represents taking a break for a number of reasons, be it a sabbatical, a leave of absence or a permanent departure from the corporate world. Understanding these shifts in a woman’s career pace and their impact on the workforce that we leave behind is the core of Hewitt’s message.

The book comprises two main parts:

In the first half, she outl
Off-ramps and scenic routes: easy and common. On-ramps? Much harder than you would think. So don't take a "break" from work as a woman/mother, unless you are fine with potentially ending your career right there and then.
The book shows that scenic routes in real careers is possible at a few firms, but the question - which the writer poses herself as well - is whether these practices will become more widespread, or will just remain "special projects", eventually disappearing in the next recession.
Elizabeth Johansen
Ubelievably good book with statistics from the Hidden Brain Drain Task Force drawing on data from 34 member corporations representing 2.5 million employees in 152 countries worldwide. They collected data about why women leave the workforce and why most of them want to reenter the workforce. A large portion of the book is dedicated to case studies of flexible work offerings from various companies with accompanying business cases.
A perfectly good book about why women leave work and how businesses can keep them, but written for businesses rather than individuals, so of limited interest.
interesting perspective.
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