The idea that what working women really want is flexibility has been challenged by a recent event at London Business School for professional women. The attendees were asked what would make them feel they had a successful career. Just 14% felt that a benchmark of success would be a better work-life balance; 44% wanted job satisfaction, while 34% wanted to be able to define their company’s direction and leadership. It’s not more time that women want, it’s more power.
The books we read as children can have a huge impact on the weird humans we eventually become. Our beliefs, aspirations, and morals can all be attributed to the colorful pages we excitedly soaked in during our youth. So, whether you're buying a book for a friend's child, your own child, or for yourself (because why not? We would), make it a piece of literature that sustains and empowers women. Because, well, those little messages go a long way.
You’ve introduced flexible working policies, filled the staff kitchen with fresh fruit and your return to work bonus for new mothers is beyond compare, so why do some of your team still look like they’re about to burst into tears?
When work becomes overwhelming, she calls her executive coach, Anna Rasmussen . "I can't recommend this enough. When you run a business, you don't necessarily have anyone looking out for you, your progression and the demands on your time." Rasmussen helps her prioritise and clarify issues. "In the first session I cried solidly for four hours, which was very cathartic."
Introduction to blend:
Last year Guidant Group and Anna Rasmussen launched a research project called Keeping Women In. We asked 250 high potential UK-based working mothers to tell us about their lives inside and outside of work and specifically what employers need to do to support them to reach their full career potential. The results of Anna’s research are based on the concept of achieving a sustainable work-life blend.
New research has shown that a woman's work and home life are intrinsically linked - more of a blend, than a balancing act. Claire Cohen explains all:
Women want careers and businesses need women who want careers but there is the well-publicised and very real issue that all businesses face; the inability to retain key female talent.