Yearly Archives: 2015

Avanade sponsors comeback workshop

8 December 2015 | Leave a comment

Do you work in technology? Are you currently on maternity leave or other break from work? Avanade is serious about fuelling the careers of women in technology and would like to connect with you.             As seen in the Guardian (If we really want more women in tech, we need to bring them back, 29/12/15) Avanade is sponsoring a ‘Coming back with Confidence’ workshop on Tuesday 2nd February, 9.50am-12.30pm in central London to support people, … Read More


Involved fathers, committed professionals

22 October 2015 | Leave a comment

On a recent project for the Law Society of Scotland we heard some great examples of men doing their very best to be active fathers whilst still delivering commercial goals. Here are men in their own words reflecting on how to get off to a good start as a new father.  “Be involved, be upfront with clients, prioritise sleep.” “Your kids are only young once. If you don’t read to them or put them to bed now, you never will. And … Read More


Employers benefit by ‘talking flex’ when recruiting

8 October 2015 | Leave a comment

In this opinion post Jessica Chivers shares her views on the competitive advantage gained by employers who state upfront on job adverts and at interview that there’s scope to talk flexible working. “Should I mention that I’m really looking for four days a week rather than FT?” “Will I put them off if I ask about flexible working at interview?” “At what point in the hiring process is it best to ask about flexible options?” These questions, and variations of, … Read More


Men & Managers – Moving Towards Gender Parity (Conference Keynote)

7 July 2015 | 1 Comment

** Page updated 18/9/15 with new research from Cranfield University ** “I think we’ve been banging our heads against brick walls and talking about how to smash through glass ceilings for too long, and it sounds excruciating. If our question is “what is the most expedient and sustainable way of moving towards gender parity at all levels of our organisations?” I think two significant parts of the answer are men and line managers.” (Image © 2015 Coaching at Work). That … Read More


Men, pick up your tambourines

9 June 2015 | Leave a comment

Jessica Chivers, The Talent Keeper Specialists founder and managing director, asks men to shake their tambourines for women in their workplaces. Remaining silent makes them part of the problem she says. I’m preparing to give a joint keynote with Dianah Worman of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development at a conference next month and the title we’ve been given is ‘breaking through the glass ceiling.’ Invitations such as these give me the opportunity to put the reading of related research papers and … Read More


Propellernet – One of the Top Ten Places to Work in the UK.

21 May 2015 | Leave a comment

We caught up with our friends at Propellernet and heard about why they’re in the Top Ten of the Best Places to Work for the third year in the row. Nikki Gatenby, MD, shares their story.   What is your approach to keeping and fuelling your people? Who’s involved and how does it work?   Our approach to keeping and fuelling our people permeates every level of Propellernet.  It’s the most important part of what we do – our people are … Read More


Client case study – CIPR

28 January 2015 | Leave a comment

The Challenge The Challenge The 2014 State of the Profession findings were a breaking point in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in taking action on equal pay and gender balance. Amongst other defining statistics, the survey identified a mean average pay gap of over £12,000 in favour of men, as well as a lack of women operating at a senior level. These statistics are in context of an overall industry that is just under two-thirds female. As a policy commitment … Read More


Fed up of feedback? Try Feed-Forward

28 January 2015 | Leave a comment

  Has anyone told you anything useful or motivating about what you do and how you do it lately? ‘Feedback’ is a skin-crawly, stomach-tightening word to many people, which is not surprising given most people aren’t in the habit of letting you know they’d like to ‘give you some feedback’ if they’re going to give you a moment in the sun. However, many of us clamor for more of it because knowing where we stand (certainty) makes us feel safe. … Read More


Talent Fueller – Nikki Gatenby, MD of Propellernet

21 January 2015 | Leave a comment

Nikki ‘Director of the Symphony’ Gatenby is the Managing Director of Propellernet in Brighton, one of the most progressive Search Marketing agencies in the UK. She fuels talent by asking her people to be ‘stunning colleagues’ and they’ve been hailed one of the top 25 places to work in Europe. In an instant we know Propellernet is a special place to work when Nikki tells us her job title is not so much MD as ‘Conductor of Our Symphony’ – … Read More


PR daddy challenges culture and works flexibly

7 January 2015 | Leave a comment

Chris Reed is the Founder of Restless Communications, an agency that helps organisations communicate at the speed, frequency and with the tone required for a social media age. He is @chris_reed on Twitter. Many moons ago he asked to work part-time and started to shift a culture.   Asking to work part-time at one of London’s top ten PR agencies I was an Account Director in one of London’s top 10 PR agencies when my first son was born – back … Read More