According to a a recent report from The McKinsey Global Institute, helping women achieve equal opportunities in the workplace could add $150 billion to Canada’s GDP by 2026. The report goes on to say that by adding 50 minutes a week to a woman’s working hours, it could help Canada’s GDP grow by 16 per cent. This is significant and goes to show that further supporting women in the workplace is an impactful way to grow the country’s economy.

The problem is that women have typically had to make the “choice” between opting “in” or “out” of the workforce due to family responsibilities and, traditionally, workplaces have not done the best job accommodating.

“I know so many talented women who took a break from the corporate world to be at home with their kids full-time. Now that their kids are older, they are looking for ways to re-enter the workforce but don’t know where to start,” says Naomi Titleman Colla, founder of Collaborativity Leadership Advisor.

Enter the gig economy.

The gig, or agile, economy provides flexibility to meet different priorities and help eliminate the negative perceptions of opting in and out of the workforce, which is more common with women.

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Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Sports

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