Bringing talent back – O2’s story

14 September 2016 | 2 Comments

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


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 | 1 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