Shaking the gender agenda

27 August 2013 | 1 Comment

A talent-keeping comment piece by Jessica Chivers Long-term profitable businesses are, in theory, good places to seek best practice on many fronts; their profitability suggests they’re efficient and effective on everything from product design to marketing to recruitment and retention. And whether they’re viewed as such by employees or not, profitable businesses are scientific undertakings – observations are made, data is gathered, analyses undertaken and approaches across all business units and functions refined, axed or substituted according to whether they … Read More


Talent Keeper – Steve Lake, Carillion

28 June 2013 | Leave a comment

In a room of seventy or so bright, eager women, Steve Lake leapt out as the lone trouser suit at Carillion’s biannual ‘women in leadership career development day.’ It was a rare, topsy-turvy situation at this male heavy construction firm yet one I think he relished, which became apparent when he told me later how he’d come to be there. Steve was a welcome addition at the session we ran for the parents (and intending parents) focused on how to … Read More


Was Marissa Mayer right to end home-working?

24 April 2013 | 1 Comment

This post was updated 31/1/14 to reflect new research into smartphone use outside office hours. Marissa Mayer has been highly criticised for her decision to disallow Yahoo! employees to work from home. Guardian journalist Emma Keller called Mayer’s memo to her people ‘offensive,’ Richard Branson was ‘perplexed’ and I’d be surprised if countless more critical comments weren’t posted on Mumsnet and the like. I myself quipped on Twitter that it seemed odd. Reading around Yahoo’s business situation I understand why … Read More


Sage advice from Sheryl Sandberg

23 March 2013 | Leave a comment

We’ve digesting Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead chapter by chapter in this post. It’s an impressive, eye-opening and valuable resource for managers, leaders and EDI practitioners with no less than 35 pages of academic references.   You might prefer to take away this lengthy post as a pdf. It can also be listened to as a podcast (9 short bites totalling 38:28) – click on the soundcloud icon. Chapter 1 – The Leadership Ambition Gap … Read More


Are you Penalising Part-Time Employees?

1 March 2013 | 3 Comments

Flexible working practises are associated with a whole host of business benefits according to academic research. From the attraction and retention of top talent[i] to lower levels of stress[ii] and even the out-performance of teams who don’t use such practises, there really is a lot to recommend embracing them. In this month’s Talent Keeping news we’re shining a light on how to boost part-time employees’ performance and career prospects off the back of new research which explored the effect of … Read More


Rocket Woman – Kath White, Retired Metropolitan Police Officer

1 March 2013 | 1 Comment

Studies of how men and women behave in the workplace suggest men are more likely to ask for what they want than women. Our Rocket Women posts shine a light on women who have asked for something in their professional life that has had a significant impact on their career. We hope they fuel your resolve to ask for what you need to get on. Kath White served in the Metropolitan Police for 33 years. The last half of her … Read More


Rocket Woman – Jo Dunbar, Freelance Journalist

15 February 2013 | 1 Comment

Studies of how men and women behave in the workplace suggest men are more likely to ask for what they want than women. Our Rocket Women posts shine a light on women who have asked for something in their professional life that has had a significant impact on their career. We hope they fuel your resolve to ask for what you need to get on. Jo began her career at 21 as a researcher on a supplement at the Mail on … Read More


Rocket Woman – Emma Nevelos, Senior Reliability Engineer at Stryker Orthopaedics

1 February 2013 | Leave a comment

Studies of how men and women behave in the workplace suggest men are more likely to ask for what they want than women. Our Rocket Women posts shine a light on women who have asked for something in their professional life that has had a significant impact on their career. We hope they fuel your resolve to ask for what you need to get on. Emma Nevelos is currently a Senior Reliability Engineer at Stryker Orthopaedics.  Her job is to … Read More


Rocket Women use voluntary experience to further careers

14 January 2013 | Leave a comment

A CV that is polished, to the point and relevant to the job you are applying for is likely to get picked out by a busy recruiter and research by academics Christa Wilkin and Catherine Connelly suggests voluntary work is beneficial, so long as it’s relevant. This is likely to be very good news for women and men who’ve taken a career break to raise children and have spent time in unpaid roles in their wider communities. In their study, … Read More


Rocket Woman – Jessica Brookes, Communications Specialist at Avanade

21 December 2012 | Leave a comment

Studies of how men and women behave in the workplace suggest men are more likely to ask for what they want than women. Our Rocket Women posts shine a light on women who have asked for something in their professional life that has had a significant impact on their career. We hope they fuel your resolve to ask for what you need to get on. Jessica Brookes is the global analyst relations lead for Avanade and head of Avanade’s communications … Read More