Tags: Female employees

Dorothy Dalton: HR – The pink function

A request for a gender balanced short list usually means a mandate for the inclusion of women. Increasingly frequently in HR searches, the challenge is trying to identify and attract men who in this function, are in relatively scarce supply. Superficial scrutiny of any organogram or company intranet will almost certainly show a predominance of…

Chris Martin: The career paradox facing the UK’s working women

  The landscape for professional women in the workplace is mixed with positive elements as well as significant areas for improvement. In our study of over 1,000 professional women and working mothers, we identified a career paradox for UK women in that while many painted a positive picture of their professional progress, a significant proportion…

A third of British women still do not feel they have full equality with men

Global survey finds Britons among the most likely to support equal opportunities for men and women A new Ipsos global survey finds the British (94%) and Spanish (93%) the most likely to believe in equal opportunities for men and women. There is less of a consensus in Japan, where rather fewer – 71% – believe…

Jane Horan: Meaningful careers matter more than flexible work for women leaders

In 2012, Forbes magazine announced, ‘’Entrepreneurship is the new feminism.” The headline was likely in response to the increasing number of women leaving corporate roles. Alarmingly, US and Australia labour research also indicates that women joining the workforce or staying in corporate roles is on the decline. With all the focus today on diversity and…

Ann Pickering: Bridging the gap for women in the workplace

How has legislation contributed to gender equality and what more can be done to improve the legislation? The Davies Review is certainly making a valuable contribution to gender equality in the workplace, even in the simplest terms of raising awareness of this critical issue. Lord Davies’ follow-up report published in March on the representation of…

The ideal international exec is a single female with good networking skills

The “Anatomy of an International Business 2013-14” research by specialist international health insurer Expacare, found that business leaders believe international work is most suited to those in their late twenties to early thirties (53%). The ideal international executive is single, female, has a foreign language and good networking skills. As well as gender and relationship status being…

Women aged 45-54 suffer more stress and depression than all other age groups

Older women in the workplace While health issues affect all workers, there are some specific issues which particularly affect older women and are often neglected or overlooked by employers. Women are more likely to suffer from stress in the workplace. An HSE survey into self-reported workplace illness found incidences of work related stress, anxiety and…

The 2014 Cranfield Female FTSE board report launched today (26 March) reveals that the number of women on the boards of FTSE 100 companies has risen to 20.7% (from 17.3% in 2013) and 15.6% on FTSE 250 boards (from 13.3% in 2013). There are now just two FTSE 100 companies with all male boards, a…

Both football and film industries failing to get to grips with diversity

As International Women’s Day came and went, it prompted many to publically question how far our major institutions had progressed in their quest for true gender diversity. One area put under the spotlight recently was the world of football, as a survey by Women in Football revealed that two thirds of respondents had directly witnessed…

Valerie Dougan: Under existing law, will all-women shortlists fly?

Could all female shortlists be the solution to meet the 25% target of women on boards by 2015? A report published recently by Charlotte Sweeney, reviewing the effectiveness of the Voluntary Code for Executive Search Firms (the Sweeney Report) includes the recommendation that guidance should be produced on the legality of women-only shortlists for board…

Helena Parry: Diversity should be embraced rather than reluctantly accepted

In my last post I outlined how the experiment with female quotas at the World Economic Forum at Davos had ended in miserable failure, with the amount of women present at the event falling every year since the target’s introduction. The episode proved yet again that true diversity is not about ticking boxes, and companies…