Women in the Workplace

Are Women Less Competitive Than Men, and What Should We Teach Our Children?

Andrea Mara | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

I see gender differences in attitudes to competitiveness in my own family. My kids running down the stairs, shouting "last one down is a rotten egg" and the would-be rotten egg usually cries. So I discourage the competing, in a bid to avoid the tears. My husband on the other hand actively encourages competition - though usually as a means to an end.

On First Name Terms - Why Calling Women Anything Other Than Their First Name at Work Is Almost Always Sexist

Christina Franks | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Franks

Don't call me babe. Don't call me feisty. In fact, in professional situations, can we just stick to my name?

Why a Universal Four Day Week Shouldn't Be Such a Tough Pill for Companies to Swallow

Christina Franks | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Franks

With half of us working too much and half of us too little, a mandatory four day week, prescribed this week by leading doctor Professor John Ashton, may be the spoonful of sugar the nation needs to swallow to regain a semblance of economic- and mental- health.

Gender Bias in the Workplace: The Invisible Line

Lindsay Pattison | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK
Lindsay Pattison

As I have what I hope is a pretty good degree of self awareness I am generally not surprised by feedback. It's always helpful to understand how others see me. But at what point does 'feedback' become gender biased?..

The Mummy Track - A Man-Made Trap

Soozi Baggs | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

This is the Mummy Track. A subtle quirk of the workplace which somehow manages to circumvent equal employment legislation and allows pregnant women and mothers to be shamefully discriminated against.

Why Is Workplace Sexism So Prevalent?

Rosie Tallant | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Tallant

This blatant discrepancy between how we think people should be treated at work and how many women are actually treated at work makes workplace sexism one of the easiest forms to spot.

'Impressive' Rise In Number Of Women Directors On Boards

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics

Women now account for just over a fifth of directors on boards of top companies after a "culture change" in British business over the past three years...

Role Model Rebels: The Women Rewriting the Rules of Leadership

Neela Bettridge | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Neela Bettridge

Sometimes it can feel as if women take two step forwards and one step on the path to leadership. But there's a groundshift taking place. I see it in the groups I work with, in the young women I coach. They want to change things...

Firm Explains Why Its Four Male Managers Hired 27 Young Women

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK

Cellular Solutions, the telecoms firm which came under fire on Wednesday over its gender-divided office, has mounted a robust defence of its hiring pr...

Developing Women Into Leadership Positions

Penny de Valk | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Penny de Valk

According to recent research from Astbury Marsden, the proportion of women reaching top-level management positions in the City has doubled in the past year.

Acting Alpha: The Journey Towards True Diversity Still Has a Way to Go

Ann Pickering | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ann Pickering

Having a truly diverse workforce isn't just about what's proper and fair, it also makes complete business sense. All business need to do more to show employees that it is their individuality that is valued, not their ability to mirror the behaviour of someone else.

Flexible Working's Not Just for Females

Donna Miller | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Donna Miller

It is not just women who might need flexibility in how they work. This applies equally to both genders. It's about giving people the ability to cope with the changing and often unpredictable demands that are placed upon them.

Are Women Missing a Trick?

Neela Bettridge | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Politics
Neela Bettridge

In a world where volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are now the norm, are women missing a trick? Instead of playing catch-up in existing corporate structures, why not create newer, more sustainable ones?

Ageism and Sexism in Broadcasting Must Be Tackled by Both Broadcasters and the Government

Harriet Harman | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Politics
Harriet Harman

There is a new generation of active older women who have led very different lives from their mothers. Now in their 50s and 60s, they are the first generation of women to have been "doing it all". They have worked, as well as bringing up children. They've got educational qualifications and then when their children leave home, these women regard themselves as being into their stride and in their prime.

Women's Vital Role in the Emerging Markets

Baroness Mary Goudie | Posted 28.04.2013 | UK Politics
Baroness Mary Goudie

There are a number of ways that gender inequality can be addressed. But now is the time to stop talking and move to take action. The issues are global and the need for action in the emerging markets is crucial.

Workplace Equality: What Big Businesses Can Learn From SMEs

Penny de Valk | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Penny de Valk

Why are SMEs ahead in terms of female directors? This could be because more subtle skills such as diplomacy, collaboration and trustworthiness can be noticed in a smaller organisation, whereas in bigger companies it is all too often those who shout loudest who make the fastest progress.

Charlie Thomas

Nine Steps To A More Diverse Workplace

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 23.11.2012 | UK

Diversity in the workplace has become the buzz phrase in business, following the ongoing EU row on whether or not to enforce gender quotas. As the ...

Breaching the Gender Pay Gap

Penny de Valk | Posted 19.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Penny de Valk

I imagine that most people reading this would agree that women are equally capable as men and that two people doing the same job, equally well, should be paid the same and be afforded the same opportunities.

Charlie Thomas

EU Drops Compulsory Women On Boards Quota

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK

The EU Commission has dropped plans to introduce mandatory quotas for the number of women on company boards, following months of criticism from member...

Nappy Days! Parents To Benefit From Shared Parental Leave

Charlie Thomas | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK

Parents will be able to split maternity leave between them under new plans to be unveiled by the deputy prime minister Nick Clegg. Under the propos...

Is 'Mad Men' a Period Piece? Not if You Work in Comedy...

Deborah Frances-White | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK Comedy
Deborah Frances-White

I feel that large parts of the comedy establishment create a hostile working environment for women, by holding views and practices that are outdated in nearly all other industries.

NEET: On the Scrapheap at 20?

Bansi Kara | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Bansi Kara

There is a huge gap in government policy when it comes to slightly older NEETs. A sustainable and wide-ranging scheme to employ young people who are no longer 16 or 17 is absolutely essential. Some may argue that these schemes exist - and there are initiatives available to encourage youth employment. The problem comes when small businesses aren't kept in the loop about the schemes.

Challenging and Changing Mindsets Only way to Drive Change for Women

Karen Gill | Posted 16.10.2011 | UK
Karen Gill

Change is in the air. The status of women and gender equality in the workplace is firmly on the news agenda and we must seize this chance to push for real change now.