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.
|Title of host publication||Career Dynamics in a Global World|
|Publisher||Edward Elgar Publishing|
|Publication status||Published - 19 May 2020|
- women’s careers; career shocks; conservation of resources theory; stress and well-being; work-life balance; female managers