Women & Work

Are women better leaders than men?

06 May 2014 | Mitch McCrimmon

With the modern work environment emphasizing feminine relationship-building skills to the exclusion of masculine competitive instincts, the idea that women make better leaders than men is gaining ground. But perhaps the reality lies somewhere in the middle.

Half of women report harassment at work

02 Apr 2014 | Brian Amble

Half of women claim they have experienced bullying or harassment at work over the past three years, according to a survey of 25,000 women, with much of this harassment coming from other women. And the problem extends right up to board level.

Flexible workers are overwhelmingly men

24 Feb 2014 | Brian Amble

Far from being dominated by women juggling work and childcare, the ranks of remote workers in the US are overwhelmingly made up of men, a new survey has found.

Mentoring gap keeping women and minorities out of corporate elite

20 Sep 2013 | Brian Amble

The numbers of women and people from racial minorities serving on America's corporate boards may have increased over the past decade, but the influential elite holding multiple board positions remains a white, male closed-shop. New research explores why.

Why men really feel threatened by successful women

02 Sep 2013 | Brian Amble

It's often said that many men have a problem with successful women. Well, here's why. According to a study published by the American Psychological Association, a woman's success undermines her partner's sense of self-esteem and trigger men's fears that she will ultimately leave him.

Male managers' bonuses are double those of women

20 Aug 2013 | Brian Amble

British men in management positions stand to earn over £141,500 ($220,000) more in bonuses over the course of their working lifetimes than women doing the same jobs, a new report has found.

What women and men need to understand about men and women

04 Feb 2013 | Cindy Wahler

How often do we hear both men and women complain that they feel like they come from two different worlds? Well guess what, we do. But that doesn't mean that both genders can't learn something from the way the other does things.

Who you know still matters

30 Aug 2012 | Brian Amble

A 10-year study of British companies has found that you are about four times as likely to be appointed as a director if you are a member of the same golf club as a serving member of the board.

Glass ceiling concept is dead, survey suggests

29 Aug 2012 | Brian Amble

Most women believe that they face multiple barriers to advancement throughout their careers rather than just a single glass ceiling blocking their entry to the boardroom, according to a new survey by Ernst & Young.

Women: to get ahead, get a sponsor

21 Jun 2012 | Brian Amble

It isn't a lack of flexible working or childcare that is stopping women from making it to the top of British organisations. The real reason women are not breaking into leadership positions is a lack of sponsors.

Collaboration and gender

01 Jun 2012 | Brian Amble

There's no shortage of advice out there about how to improve collaboration. But until now, one factor has been largely overlooked: the influence of gender and the role of hormones.

Women in finance still paid less than men

22 May 2012 | Brian Amble

Women working in financial services in the UK earned some 20 per cent less on average than men in 2011, according to research from eFinancialCareers.

A political dilemma

05 Apr 2012 | Mary-Louise Angoujard

As the only woman on a board of directors, Helen feels a strong aversion to socialising with her colleagues on golfing days and wine-tasting sessions. But as Mary-Louise Angoujard explains, this is all about organisational politics, not gender.

Women in leadership: beware the barriers

20 Mar 2012 | Dan Bobinski

The idea of a glass ceiling is real, but it isn't glass and it's not really a ceiling. A more accurate picture might be a tangled web of trip hazards and barriers, notably around gender-based stereotypes.

Flexible working keeps mothers in the workforce

27 Jun 2011 | Brian Amble

If employers are serious about wanting to encourage women to return to work after having children, one of the most important things they can do is to offer new mothers greater flexibility about when, where and how they work.

Ernst & Young launches maternity coaching scheme

08 Jun 2011 | Brian Amble

In an effort to increase the numbers of women staying with the firm after they have children, Ernst & Young has announced a new maternity coaching scheme for staff in the UK are Ireland.

Women shunning finance careers

16 May 2011 | Brian Amble

The number of women between the ages of 20 and 34 working in the US finance industry fell by some 20 per cent between 2001 and 2010 according to an analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Quotas are no silver bullet for women on the board

24 Feb 2011 | Nic Paton

A British review has suggested that quotas are not the answer to getting more women into the boardroom. Instead, firms need to look at is what will actually work for women rather than aspire to artificial targets.

What holds women back?

08 Feb 2011 | Brian Amble

Some things, it seems, never change. According to new research from the UK charity Business in the Community, by far the biggest barrier to women getting senior jobs remains their need to balance work and family.

Why women make better bosses

24 Aug 2010 | Brian Amble

Do women make better bosses? Professor Khalid Aziz, CEO of leadership development consultants the Aziz Corporation, is convinced they do. Women have a less short-termist outlook, are more holistic, big-picture and reasonable, he argues.