International Women’s Day 2015

To mark International Women’s Day 2015 a panel discussion on this year’s theme Make it Happen : Celebrate Women’s Achievements, Call for Greater Equality will take place in Maynooth University on Friday 6th March 2015, with an opening address by Joan Burton, TD, the Tánaiste, Minister for Social Protection, and Leader of the Labour Party. Other speakers include Dr. Shirley O’Dea, Co-founder, Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Profector Life Sciences, and Senior Lecturer in the Maynooth University Department of Biology; Jean O’Sullivan, Manager of Female Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Ireland; Giustina Mizonni, Global Development Lead, CoderDojo Foundation; and Caoimhe De Barra, Director International Division, Trócaire. Continue reading here [...]

Gender equality in the workplace: The need to walk the talk

John Chambers, the CEO of Cisco, the multinational networking organisation, has admitted that while he has always considered himself sensitive to gender issues in the workplace, he hasn't 'walked the talk' with regards to taking leadership in ensuring gender equality, development and promotion in the organisation. To improve this going forward, he has asked his top managers to develop and implement women-focused initiatives. Only one quarter of the organisation's employees and top executives are women, which has led Chambers to confess that Cisco's existing gender equality and development policies and practices haven't worked. He suggests that, subconsciously, without realising it, we go about our day to day work with gender stereotypes and biases, which we don't even realise are placing Continue reading here [...]

Workplace Culture and Employee Engagement

How you feel in your work environment matters! To you and to your organisation! There are positive correlations between a positive work culture and good business results, and a 2012 Deloitte report supports this - http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_US/us/About/Leadership/1fe8be4ad25e7310VgnVCM1000001956f00aRCRD.htm. It makes sense: if you have a positive work culture, employees feel more comfortable, more creative, more valued. This results in a lower employee turnover rate which cuts the costs associated with recruitment, selection and onboarding. All this ultimately leads to organisations reporting stronger business results... However, there are discrepancies between the perception of company culture from senior management and those lower down the hierarchy, with more senior organisational Continue reading here [...]

Women at Work: ‘Having it all’ versus ‘balls in the air’

While the proportion of women in the workplace has increased, there continues to be a wide discrepancy between those women in staff and management postions. McKinsey's MD Domic Barton's presentation stresses the importance of women being employed throughout the pipeline in organisations Lack of support is often bandied about as the main reason for the fall off in the number of women in management positions. While organisations are encouraged to provide support through family-friendly and anti-discrimination policies and practices, line management support is equally important in understanding the needs of staff to work flexible hours for instance.  Beyond organisation-based support, encouragement and support must be forthcoming from a spouse/partner, who is willing to share in the childcare Continue reading here [...]

Women in the Workplace

While figures suggest more female participation in the workplace, the proportion of women on boards and in senior positions remains notably lower than their male counterparts. Preference theory suggests women have three 'preferences': career, mother (childcare), and a 'balance' between career focus and motherhood (childcare). This theory fails to address the voluntary (and involuntary) context of the 'preferences' and emphasises the requirement to differentiate between preferences and choices. For instance, some women would 'prefer' to stay at home with their children, but due to financial constraints, may choose to 'balance' or even focus on 'career'.  Similarly for women that may like to maintain or return to a paid working career after having children, they may not find employment or Continue reading here [...]