Tag Archives: flexible employer

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of our #FlexibleFathers series and we’re spinning the spotlight on tax specialist Richard Cahill who had a job offer withdrawn when he reiterated his need for flexible working.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


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


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


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


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


Talent Fueller – Sue McLean, Morrison & Foerster LLP.

20 November 2014 | Leave a comment

Talent Fueller Interview with Sue McLean, Morrison & Foerster LLP. “Talent Fueller” is our name for individuals who are working to keep, support and fuel female talent whether part of their role or ‘off the side of their desk.’ Sue is a senior lawyer in MoFo’s European technology practice and the founder and chair of the MoFo Women London Affinity Group(i) – a group that is associated with MoFo’s firm-wide Women’s Strategy Committee. She was the recent guinea-pig for a new … Read More


Working mother guilt: flexibility and trust are the only solutions

10 June 2014 | Leave a comment

  ** First published on www.theguardian.com on Thursday 29th May 2014 ** I’m fed up with the mothers and guilt rhetoric. This week, Emma Bridgewater, the pottery designer, admitted at the Hay Literary Festival that she struggled with guilt while building up her business and raising her family. She said she felt guilty about her family when she was at work, and guilty about work when she was with her family. I’m no stranger to mothers and guilt, in fact I wrote … Read More