McKinsey Tries to Recruit Mothers Who Left the Fold

February 19th, 2013 / No Comments »

By Leslie Kwoh

McKinsey & Co. wants its moms back.

The big consulting firm is quietly reaching out to female employees who left some years ago—presumably to start families—to see whether they are ready to return.

WSJ’s Leslie Kwoh has details of companies, including the large consulting firm McKinsey & Co., that are recruiting mothers back to the work force who previously left to start families.

Details of the initiative, still in its early stages, are sketchy, and McKinsey offered no further information, except to say it isn’t a companywide policy. But the effort is one small signal that at least some companies are re-examining some of the most basic terms of women’s working lives.

The issue of lost women workers remains a delicate one for many companies, particularly in highly skilled professions, such as consulting or banking. After spending their 20s in high-intensity jobs, many women leave or switch to part-time work when they have children…….