How have women in the workplace been impacted by Covid-19, and in particular the third UK National Lockdown? This was the subject of a recent round table looking at the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on gender diversity within organisations.
On 19th January 2021 workingmums.co.uk held a virtual roundtable which brought together employers and experts to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on women in the workforce.
This second roundtable followed a previous one on the same subject last October, and followed the third UK lockdown through January. It focused on concerns that this third lockdown would particularly affect mothers after research carried out during the first lockdown in 2020 showed that mothers had taken on the bulk of the homeschooling responsibilities when schools closed alongside their work responsibilities.
The roundtable was hosted by Gillian Nissim, founder of WM People, who said it was vital that women did not get left behind as a result of coronavirus double shifts, and added that it was important to chart how employers’ policies and practice around dealing with issues related to women in the workplace had evolved in the last months.
Participants at the discussion included representatives from: Pitney Bowes, Willmott Dixon, DWP, Skipton Building Society, Sky Betting & Gaming, Financial Services Compensation Scheme, Next, Greater Anglia, Morgan Sindall, Booking.com, Carnival UK, NatWest and Diana Parkes from the Women’s Sat Nav for Success.
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