Atkins is not known for shouting about its achievements. In fact, it has just done some branding work and the experts who conducted it came up with the phrase 'quietly doing brilliant things' to encapsulate its approach....It may be doing this a little less quietly after the company scooped the Workingmums.co.uk Top Employer Award for Innovation in Flexible Working and its Overall Top Employer Award.
November has been a massive month for all things work+family. In this month's summary we highlight a recent gender equality report, the importance of flexible working, and the complexities of shared parental leave.
"After two steps forward, we were unprepared for the abrupt slowdown on the road to gender equality. We can make sense of the current predicament, however -- and gain a better sense of how to resume our forward motion -- if we can grasp the forces that drove the change in the first place."
How do you make a seriously male-oriented organization more inclusive, so both women and minorities can advance?
Get the guys involved and get all employees talking more honestly about their differences. Candid, respectful communication (and lots of it) is the foundation for building a more inclusive workplace and achieving concrete change, according this report.
This year, the Institute for Women's Policy Research launched the next 25 years of making research count for women. IWPR leaders and partners reflect on the original strategic vision of the Institute to change women's lives through credible, rigorous research, and look forward to the next era of producing long-term, substantive advancements for women and their families.
"As usual, gender dynamics are far from simple. The Gallup study confirms the eternal story: when it comes to gender flux, the glass is half full -- employees now are more comfortable with female leaders and are more likely to simply treat people as people, leaving traditional gender stereotypes behind. But the glass is also resounding, maddeningly, persistently half empty. I read the evidence that more women than men prefer to work for women as evidence of persistent gender bias.
"Millennial men, like Millennial women, are on a baby strike: only 54 percent said they would or would probably have children, as compared with 87 percent of Gen X men. Like their counterparts in Japan, Millennial men are disillusioned about their ability to deliver on the breadwinner role. Millennial men are deeply worried about debt, especially those from less affluent families. They worry about unstable jobs and extreme hours. Unlike Gen Xers, Millennials don't assume women will work fewer hours than men, so the prospect of career support from wives seems uncertain.
"The decision to look at how men and women used public transit wasn't a shot in the dark. It was part of a project aimed at taking gender into account in public policy. In Vienna, this is called gender mainstreaming."