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Off-ramps and on-ramps : keeping talented women on the road to success / Sylvia Ann Hewlett.

By: Hewlett, Sylvia Ann, 1946-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business School Press, c2007Description: xvii, 299 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781422101025 (hardcover : alk. paper); 1422101029.Other title: Keeping talented women on the road to success.Subject(s): Women in the professions -- United States | Women -- Employment -- United States | Corporations -- United States -- Case studies | Working mothers -- United States | Work and family -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Off-ramps and on-ramps.DDC classification: 658.3/12082
Contents:
Foreword / by Carolyn Buck Luce -- pt. 1. The challenge -- Why mess with the male competitive model? -- Women's nonlinear careers -- Extreme jobs, extreme demands -- The business case for diversity -- pt. 2. Models at the cutting edge -- Establishing flexible work arrangements : Ernst & Young ; BT Group ; Citigroup -- Creating arc-of-career flexibility : Booz Allen Hamilton ; Lehman Brothers ; Goldman Sachs -- Reimagining work life : Citigroup ; Time Warner ; Johnson & Johnson -- Claiming and sustaining ambition : Johnson & Johnson ; Time Warner ; General Electric -- Tapping into altruism : Goldman Sachs ; Cisco Systems ; American Express -- Combating stigma and stereotypes : Lehman Brothers ; Cisco Systems ; Ernst & Young -- Canaries in the coal mine.
Summary: Examines the impact that a leave to care for children or elderly parents has on the career of professional women and proposes strategies that companies can undertake to retain and reintegrate talented female employees.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-277) and index.

Foreword / by Carolyn Buck Luce -- pt. 1. The challenge -- Why mess with the male competitive model? -- Women's nonlinear careers -- Extreme jobs, extreme demands -- The business case for diversity -- pt. 2. Models at the cutting edge -- Establishing flexible work arrangements : Ernst & Young ; BT Group ; Citigroup -- Creating arc-of-career flexibility : Booz Allen Hamilton ; Lehman Brothers ; Goldman Sachs -- Reimagining work life : Citigroup ; Time Warner ; Johnson & Johnson -- Claiming and sustaining ambition : Johnson & Johnson ; Time Warner ; General Electric -- Tapping into altruism : Goldman Sachs ; Cisco Systems ; American Express -- Combating stigma and stereotypes : Lehman Brothers ; Cisco Systems ; Ernst & Young -- Canaries in the coal mine.

Examines the impact that a leave to care for children or elderly parents has on the career of professional women and proposes strategies that companies can undertake to retain and reintegrate talented female employees.

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Hewlett (Columbia Univ.) focuses on the careers of high-level women, examining why they experience more work interruptions and less advancement than comparable men, why this hurts organizations, and how organizations address these issues. In each area, she makes useful contributions to the literature. Hewlett's quantitative and qualitative study of US and global executives documents that women do interrupt fast-track careers, "pulled" by home factors (e.g., child and elder care) but also "pushed" by work factors (e.g., glass ceilings, lack of flexible options). She finds that more than 90 percent of these women want to "ramp-on" at a later time but face barriers. Demographics indicate a coming shortage of highly qualified white males, and replacing good employees is costly. Thus, Hewlett urges organizations to support women (and men) wishing to remain employed full time, provide flexible work options, and offer an easy way to reenter the workforce. However, the current movement among executives to work extreme hours (over 60 per week) makes continuous career participation even more difficult for women. The book describes programs of several well-known companies working to retain employees by creating flexible work and career policies and a work culture that accepts nontraditional career paths. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; graduate, research, and professional audiences. F. Reitman emerita, Pace University

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Sylvia Ann Hewlett is founder and chairman of the National Parenting Association. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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