According to a new report by Gallup titled "Women in America: Work and Life Well-Lived," disillusionment and frustration are rampant among working women in the U.S., especially moms.
Some 54 percent of mothers with children under the age of 18 say they would rather be at home than in the office, and only 40 percent of mothers with young children say they are employed because they prefer to be.
By contrast, 45 percent of working moms say they are angling for a leadership position in their workplace.
Gallup's researchers surveyed 323,500 U.S. adults. Their findings suggest that widespread dissatisfaction among working women leads many of them to opt out during what are called the "prime" years of their careers and "certainly calls into question the appeal of U.S. workplaces and what they provide for women."
Researchers point out that "gender diversity also leads to better business outcomes," including "improved profits and revenue."
Businesses have an incentive to do more to hold on to their female workforce. Right now, though, they are failing. Gallup's summation is blunt: "Too many U.S. organizations continue to follow policies created in the 1990s, if not the 1950s." Those outdated policies do not suffice to retain some of their most talented employees.