Yearly Archives: 2016

Flexible Father – Richard Cahill

5 December 2016 | Leave a comment

This post is part of our #FlexibleFathers series and we’re spinning the spotlight on tax specialist Richard Cahill who had a job offer withdrawn when he reiterated his need for flexible working. Richard has worked for Grant Thornton, Lloyds Bank, JP Morgan and Hilton.   The Talent Keeper Specialists believe flexible working is a business tool for increasing employee engagement, pumping up productivity and driving down real estate costs. It’s time for flexible working to go mainstream and for the … Read More


Childcare Costs on BBC Breakfast

14 November 2016 | Leave a comment

33% of business regard childcare as a key issue in recruiting and retaining staff, according to a report from the British Chambers of Commerce (13/11/16). The survey of more than 1600 business leaders across the UK also found 28% of firms have seen a reduction of working hours by staff due to the high cost of childcare and nearly 1 in 10 of employees have left the business because of it. Jessica Chivers, BBC Breakfast, discussing childcare costs and flexible … Read More


Free Maternity Comeback Workshops

18 October 2016 | 7 Comments

Our open programme maternity and career comeback workshops will continue in 2017 from our base in St Albans, Hertfordshire. We know that many women don’t have access to the kind of support we provide our clients’ maternity returners and with this in mind, part of our ‘giving back’ each year is hosting a series of two-hour ‘maternity comeback’ workshops that are absolutely free to the individuals taking part. The first ones took place in March 2014 with women from organisations … Read More


What is a returner programme?

20 September 2016 | Leave a comment

A returner programme takes the concept of an internship and makes it relevant to people who have taken a career break and are looking to return to work. Typical programmes enable the individual to transition back into the workplace through a structured and specifically tailored programme. Participants either undertake a piece of relevant project work or step into a potentially available role providing them with the ability to demonstrate their suitability for longer term employment. Watch a film about how O2 … Read More


Bringing talent back – O2’s story

14 September 2016 | Leave a comment

Over the summer we brought HR, D&I, talent and resourcing practitioners from organisations including Whitbread, EY, Accenture and Cap Gemini together to explore ways to uncover and bring back ‘hidden talent’. Thank you to Avanade & Accenture for hosting us and to O2 for sharing their story. O2 What and why a ‘hidden talent action tank’? O2 When Jessica Chivers wrote the book, Mothers Work! she discovered vast numbers of women were returning to jobs not commensurate with their skills and … Read More


Talent Fueller – Tim Loake, Dell

27 June 2016 | Leave a comment

Tim Loake, is a director at Dell and an ambassador for the Men Advocating Real Change (MARC) programme from Catalyst. He’s opening other men’s eyes to unconscious bias in the workplace to even the playing field for women. “What is the MARC programme? “It’s an attempt to engage the company, and the leadership in the company, top-down. Men advocating real change is what it stands for and that’s what it is.  As is typical of technology companies we are male … Read More


Hidden Talent Action Tank

26 June 2016 | 1 Comment

Could your recruitment processes be overlooking pockets of talent whether in your industry or under your nose? Why does hidden talent matter?   Join us on Wednesday 20th July for a hidden talent ‘action tank’ (more than just thinking) and hear from Andrea Jones about O2’s returnship programme and Jessica Brookes, Head of Inclusion & Diversity, and Els Hol-Ferman, Talent Acquisition Director, on what Avanade are doing to fuel the careers of women in technology. In the second half of … Read More


Client case study – Creating a coaching culture, Enfield Council

21 April 2016 | Leave a comment

The Challenge Enfield Council is on a mission to transform the way it delivers services because the way people transact in the wider world has changed. Transforming the way people work at the Council was at the heart of the challenge for Head of Organisational Learning & Development, Jo Clemente. Jo talked to us about three key shifts she wanted to make: Colleagues working more independently and make decisions Colleagues being more curious in order to make changes Line managers … Read More