Stepping Off the Career Ladder: Exploring the Impact of Career Shocks on Women’s Career Decisions in the UK

Angela Mazzetti

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Abstract

Despite a growing number of professional women in the workplace and a range of legislative changes to both tackle discrimination and encourage organisations to adopt more family friendly working practices, the number of women in senior positions is still surprising low. Drawing on the findings of a wider visual timelines study of career transitions, this chapter provides an insight into the career shocks experienced by eight women preceding their decisions to ‘step off’ the career ladder and therefore interrupt their progress to more senior positions. Applying the lens of conservation of resources theory, this chapter puts forward recommendations to support women incorporating career shocks into their personal career development planning and also to support organisations to incorporate career shocks into their talent retention planning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCareer Dynamics in a Global World
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Chapter7
Pages80-95
ISBN (Print)978-1789901498
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2020

Keywords

  • women’s careers; career shocks; conservation of resources theory; stress and well-being; work-life balance; female managers

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