Tag Archives: flexible employer

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


Talent Fueller – Melissa Geiger, KPMG

6 May 2014 | Leave a comment

Talent Fueller Interview with Melissa Geiger, KPMG. “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.’ Melissa Geiger was the youngest female to make partner at KPMG age 32. Now 38 and with two young children she is committed to being a role-model to others and chairs the KPMG Network of Women (KNOW).  She was instrumental in pushing female career advancement … Read More


Flexible working and perceptions of commitment or “How can I leave on time and still be seen as committed?”

13 February 2014 | 3 Comments

“How can I leave on time and still be seen as committed?” In a room of coaches and employers at a seminar we ran at the University of Hertfordshire on maternity comeback coaching recently, this was the subject participants honed in on out of 28 themes marked up for potential discussion. You might like to download this post to share or digest later (pdf). The question comes up time and again when working in a coaching relationship with maternity returners. … Read More


Maternity Phaseback – a returner and her line manager’s perspective at RBS

28 January 2014 | Leave a comment

In this post we’re shining a light on the positives of ‘maternity phaseback’ (a policy which allows a maternity returner to gradually build up days worked over a given period) and how to mitigate potential downsides. We hear from Cathy Lloyd and her line manager at the time, Peter Fernandez, from RBS International. Phaseback – a line manager’s perspective “People buy people and if you’ve got good people, why wouldn’t you seek to retain them. The pull of a child on … Read More


Talent Fueller – Tim Yendell, RBS

6 November 2013 | 2 Comments

Talent Fueller interview with Tim Yendell, RBS. “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.’  Tim Yendell is the Head of RBS Choice, with a remit that includes spreading the adoption of agile working practises across the bank. We met Tim when we did a double-header for the RBS Parents and Carers Network on pitching for flexible working and making it … Read More


Rocket Woman – Yvonne Garricks, Learning & Development Manager at Dentons

21 October 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.   Yvonne Garricks, Learning & Development Manager at Dentons Inside Dentons, an established city … Read More


Talent Fueller – Alexandra de Zwart Haggard, Russell Investments

25 September 2013 | Leave a comment

Talent Fueller Interview with Alexandra de Zwart Haggard, Russell Investments. “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.’  Bright, engaging and collaborative, we first met Alexandra de Zwart Haggard in the spring of 2013 in Russell Investment’s sun-filled London offices on Regent Street. Watching and listening to how she interacts with the colleagues who are in the meeting with us, … 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 – 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 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