Women Executives Twice as Likely to Leave Their Jobs as Men
Byline: Ilene Aleshire blue chip
Female executives are more than twice as likely to leave their jobs - voluntarily and involuntarily - as men, according to a new study co-authored by Oregon State University business professor John Becker-Blease. The study analyzed data from Standard & Poor's 1,500 firms.
About 7.2 percent of women executives in the survey left their jobs, compared with 3.8 percent of men. About 4.3 percent of women voluntarily left their jobs, compared with 2.8 percent for men. About 2.9 percent of women involuntarily left their jobs, compared with about 0.9 percent for men.
Research has shown that women are more likely to leave a job because of domestic or social responsibilities than men, which could explain the higher rate of voluntary departures for women than men, Becker-Blease said.
As for the higher percentage of women being dismissed from a job, Becker-Blease said, "research suggests that women at the midlevels of management may not be getting the kind of opportunities and professional support that they need to advance successfully to the top ranks. …