Women in London work 75 hours more than the rest of the UK's female workforce, according to new research from beauty company blow LTD. With this overtime adding up to ten days of extra work each year, Stylist's Sarah Biddlecombe investigates the implications for women in the capital - and argues that it's time for a change.
Like most 25-year-olds, Julia Rozovsky wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life. She had worked at a consulting firm, but it wasn’t a good match. Then she became a researcher for two professors at Harvard, which was interesting but lonely. Maybe a big corporation would be a better fit. Or perhaps a fast-growing start-up. All she knew for certain was that she wanted to find a job that was more social. ‘‘I wanted to be part of a community, part of something people were building together,’’ she told me.
Whether or not you like socializing with your co-workers, the fact remains that they are the people you will likely spend most of your time with. If you’re close friends with your colleagues that’s great, if not you still need to find a way to collaborate with them on various assignments.
Even if your field of work puts a competitive edge on your relationship with them, having a good rapport with people in the office can have a major impact on the work environment and, ultimately, your productivity.
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.