23 November 2016: There’s a buzz in business about creating inclusive work environments. The need for inclusion in society, and the difficulty of achieving it, have meanwhile been highlighted by the huge divides revealed by the Brexit vote and the US elections.
This column, published by IWE in November, examines why inclusion matters so much at work and looks at innovative approaches to making it happen.
The idea of mid-career breaks is one answer to the question of how to sustain longer working lives. Jim Luetkemeyer, a 42-year-old PR consultant from Washington DC, is taking a year’s break to travel round the world with his wife, and writing a blog about it. In this column, I consider Jim’s plans alongside the thought-provoking messages contained in The 100-Year Life, the new book by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott.
I wrote three articles for the FT’s 30 June special report on The Work Revolution. My overview is about how technology is banishing old, static ways of working in favour of agile innovations. There’s an article about how to manage virtual and dispersed teams, and a Q&A on key tips in implementing agile work in an organisation. My pieces are below and the whole report can be read here (FT paywall applies).
4 April 2016 New research from two experts in Diversity & Inclusion shows that many corporate women’s networks fail to live up to expectations, due to a lack of funding and recognition. Ironically, an initiative put in place to support women’s advancement can end up doing the opposite, as female employees become disenchanted and frustrated. How can companies do a better job? Read my column here.
8 November 2015 Middle managers are an unloved group, often blamed for halting new ideas or strategies devised by the executive team. But new research shows that managers who practise consistent behaviour in confronting sexism and unconscious bias can be the catalyst for gender parity at the heart of organisations. Read my column on this here: How male managers can spread equality
6 September 2015 Mandatory reporting should help to close the 19% pay gap between men and women. But proposed legislation needs to be carefully crafted to have the desired effect. Read my latest IWE column here.
19 June 2015 All-male conference panels, and all-male executive lineups on corporate websites, are likely to find themselves lampooned on social media these days. Read my latest IWE column here.
24 May 2015 A friend of mine, browsing the UN’s HeForShe gender equality website, was surprised to see Matt Damon speaking out for women’s rights. The intervention by the Hollywood actor and ultimate tough-guy star of the Bourne trilogy went against perceived type. And it made a big impression. Read more about why corporate men should take a leaf out of Damon’s book …
24 May 2015 I recently wrote this article for the Financial Times about new research showing that women receive more advice and encouragement to join UK boards than men do, but are less likely to have powerful sponsors to push them through to the big table.
The piece is available online or here: Opaque path to boardroom
May 2015 Diversity & Inclusion should be the responsibility of everyone in an organisation, starting with every leader. But it also needs some rethinking and reframing if it is to become a more effective strategy. Read my column on the topic, published by IWE, here.