Greater Baltimore Committee Webinar: Survey Findings of COVID-19 Pandemic’s Affect on Women in the Workplace Discussed

Greater Baltimore Committee Webinar: Survey Findings of COVID-19 Pandemic’s Effect on Women in the Workplace Discussed

A significant percentage of women in the Baltimore region report being overloaded with work, discriminated against at their workplace, or unsatisfied with their job during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a two-part survey conducted by the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) and Towson University on the impact of the pandemic on women in the workplace.

The GBC, leadership of the GBC Women’s Advisory Board (BWAB) and researchers at Towson University explored and discussed the findings during a Webinar hosted October 14 by the GBC.

“The survey results highlight that the pandemic has had an overall negative effect on women in the workplace in the Baltimore region. Employers run the risk of losing high-quality employees and diversity in the workplace unless they work to understand and address employee needs in this very stressful time for everyone,” said Donald C. Fry, President & CEO, of the GBC in a statement. “It’s a workforce issue that deserves deeper understanding and smart solutions.”

The survey initiative was overseen by the GBC BWAB after internal discussions regarding national data, which showed that more than 2 million women have left the workforce since the pandemic began. About 80% of survey respondents were female and 20% were male.

The GBC and researchers found significant findings in the survey in three key areas: Turnover intention (considering leaving current employment), stress, and discrimination.

Gabrielle Swab, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Towson University, said, the findings of the survey underscore that many women in the Baltimore region are stressed at work and in their family responsibilities due to the ongoing pandemic. “They are looking for more support, guidance and communication from employers, with others seriously considering leaving their job,” she said.