The McKinsey week in Charts

The art of talent retention

Designers tend to stick around when they’re embedded in collaborative teams. Our research shows that cross-functional design integration often helps companies attract and retain design talent—an important consideration at a time when so many people are leaving their jobs in search of new opportunities.

To read the report, see “Redesigning the design department,” April 27, 2022.


Working moms bear the care burden

Many working moms in the United States pointed to the same cause for deciding to leave their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic: childcare that is unaffordable or unavailable. In a recent survey, 34 percent of mothers cited childcare concerns for why they stopped working, compared with 20 percent of fathers.

To read the article, see “The childcare conundrum: How can companies ease working parents’ return to the office?,” May 9, 2022.

A taste for home delivery

The COVID-19 pandemic opened avenues of convenience for many grocery shoppers. And while some consumers are now comfortable with in-person activities, the popularity of grocery delivery hasn’t abated. According to our research, the preference for home delivery rose from 48 to 63 % between December 2020 and December 2021.

To read the article, see “The next horizon for grocery e-commerce: Beyond the pandemic bump,” April 29, 2022.


These countries are driving lithium production

The largest lithium reserves are found in Latin America and Australia. Of the top ten countries with the largest concentration of lithium reserves, Chile tops the list, with 9.2 million metric tons (obtained from brines.)

To read the article, see “Lithium mining: How new production technologies could fuel the global EV revolution,” April 12, 2022.


Healthy people could lead to healthier economies

When viewed from a societal perspective, musculoskeletal, mental-health, and neurological disorders combined drive the largest health burden. If the unmet needs of patients who suffer from these particular disorders are addressed, USD 13.4 trillion could be added to the global economy by 2040.

To read the article, see “Building pharma pipelines using a socioeconomic lens,” April 8, 2022.