Tag Archives: progressive employment policies

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


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 – 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


Rocket Woman – Emily Watson, Part-Time Lawyer at Rayden Solicitors

26 November 2012 | 1 Comment
Picture of solicitor, Emily Watson

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. Head in Macbook in a Waterstones café writing a pitch for a maternity comeback coaching … Read More


Rocket Woman – Isobel, Senior Civil Servant Job Sharer

1 September 2012 | 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. Once the preserve of women at the lower end of a company’s org’ chart, job-sharing … Read More


Babies in the office at Addison Lee

18 July 2012 | Leave a comment

Good on Addison Lee for giving babies in the office a go (for the BBC television programme, Babies in the Office). “Special and unique” are the words Addison Lee’s (the largest private hire company in the UK) managing director Liam Griffin used to describe his one day  ‘babies in the office’ experiment. Stressful and ‘who on earth is this helping?’ are mine. What the programme demonstrated was that this is not the way to combine motherhood and work. We need … Read More