Will you help us with our homework?

22 May 2017 | Leave a comment

Last month we were stoked to be awarded a place in the business accelerator, Entrepreneurial Spark, backed by NatWest and partners KPMG Enterprise, Dell and Pinsent Masons.     We applied on the basis of a new product we’re developing in the talent keeping space and we need your help with our week one homework. You’ll help us fail faster and move on, or power forward to the next stage by answering five questions (which can be anonymous) via the online response … Read More


BRE Career Comeback Day

21 April 2017 | Leave a comment

Are you currently on maternity or shared parental leave? Or have you taken a longer career break and are looking to get back to work? We would be delighted if you would join us for a free career comeback workshop sponsored by BRE on Friday 19th May at their Watford Campus. BRE is a world-leading building science centre with a mission to improve the built environment through knowledge and research generation. Operating internationally, with offices, representatives and partners around the globe, the … Read More


Managing employees returning from critical illness

4 March 2017 | Leave a comment

How can line managers best support employees returning to work after critical illness? Nicola Bourne, author of The Fabulous Woman’s Guide Through Cancer, shares her ideas. People are often surprised to hear that recovering after a long or chronic illness can be scary and overwhelming.  When I recovered from bowel cancer in 2013, I went from having a team of oncologists, doctors, specialist nurses and support staff with regular appointments, phone calls and updates to – nothing.  The support system … Read More


APPG Women & Work Report 2017

30 January 2017 | Leave a comment

Are you struggling to find the right people for the vacancies in your organisation? Is gender diversity on your agenda? Last year we hosted a ‘hidden talent action tank’ to help employers tap into the increasing number of skilled women who want to come back to work after an extended break. This week, we attended the launch of the ‘Women and Work’[1] report from a cross-party group of MPs and bring you the highlights from an employer perspective. You can … Read More


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of our #FlexibleFathers series and we’re spinning the spotlight on tax specialist Richard Cahill who had a job offer withdrawn when he reiterated his need for flexible working.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