Maggie Berry: Sexism in the workplace – not everyone is having a laugh

For the large majority of HR professionals, it goes without saying that sexism in the workplace is no laughing matter. What some people might brush off as harmless banter can be the reason a female employee dreads going to work in the morning – and the reason she might well look for work elsewhere. From…

Maggie Berry: HR departments should be proactive in encouraging young people to take STEM subjects

Recently, the Telegraph broke the news that the annual workforce survey, conducted by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, showed just three per cent of engineering technicians are female. This is compared to five per cent three years ago. The survey also revealed that four per cent of IT technicians are women, down from seven…

Maggie Berry: Is HR doing enough to support women in the workplace?

I was recently involved in conducting a survey, in association with Intellect, which revealed that women feel they are receiving less support from HR departments than from line managers and colleagues. The survey found that when asked to rate the support they received as a female employee, respondents saw HR departments as the least supportive…

Maggie Berry: Creating a supportive environment for women in the workplace

There’s a lot of talk about creating the right climate for women in the workplace in order to break the glass ceiling. For example by providing flexible working hours, shared maternity leave and equal pay. But when women achieve their career goals, how should they manage the personal drawbacks of success that affect their working…

Maggie Berry:The Apprentice Baby Battle

The ever-controversial show, the Apprentice, is back on our screens. In keeping with the ethos of the programme, outspoken boss, Lord Sugar, has never been one to shy away from outlandish statements. When he said, in a debate at that House of Lords, that “women should be forthcoming when being interviewed, declaring their status regarding…

Maggie Berry: Dress codes, patronising or practical?

With Gen Y firmly established in the workplace, traditional dress codes are largely a thing of the past. For women, “smart” no longer necessarily translates to a black skirt suit (below the knee) and a white blouse, and chinos and a shirt are often considered relatively smart for men. However, with the departure of dress…

Maggie Berry: paternity leave, is there still more to be done?

Years of tireless campaigning by gender equality groups have finally paid off – men now have almost the same paternity rights as women, thanks to new legislation designed to help couples to share caring responsibilities for their children. The new rules will mean that parents will have the legal right to share time off work…