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WOMEN LACK CONFIDENCE TO FIGHT FOR EQUAL PAY

A lack of confidence still hinders women’s progress and access to equal pay at work, finds research. Three-quarters of female professionals (75%) have never negotiated a pay rise, and 54% of women are unsatisfied with pay, feeling it’s not a fair reflection of what they do, finds a report from professional recruitment firm, Robert Walters. Men on average receive a bigger increase following negotiation, says the report. Just one-fifth of women know what they need to do to get a promotion, while 41% state lack of opportunities as the biggest barrier for women. The top three challenges to progression at […]

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A WOMAN OF INFLUENCE

Coaching boosts women’s legitimacy to lead in male-dominated workplaces and could have a pivotal role in shifting to gender parity. Kate Oldridge reports   It will take more than 200 years for women to have the same pay and employment opportunities as men by current trends, according to the World Economic Forum (2018). However, this timeline could shorten dramatically as part of the widespread social and political sea change in how we tackle gender inequalities in society and male-dominated workplaces. My research at Henley Business School (Oldridge, 2019) highlights the potentially pivotal role leadership coaching can play in bringing about […]

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WOMEN TWICE AS LIKELY AS MEN TO DEVALUE WORK

Women tend to be more critical of their own performance than men and are more likely to be generous when it comes to rating that of others, according to research by business psychologist Psychological Consultancy Limited (PCL). PCL looked at data from more than 4,000 workers involved in 360-degree appraisals – with individuals rated for potential, rating their own performance and receiving ratings from clients and colleagues. The results were presented at the Division of Occupational Psychology’s annual conference, organised by the British Psychological Society, in January. They reveal that women are twice as likely as men to sell themselves […]

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RESEARCH MATTERS: COACHING WOMEN AT WORK

Claudia Filsinger, lecturer at Oxford Brookes Business School, Trudy Delamare and Christine Vitzthum, student researchers as part of the MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice at Oxford Brookes Business School, summarise recent research findings on coaching women at work   Organisations increasingly introduce gender diversity targets and coaching for female staff. This article reviews relevant research by seniority and subsequently the lens of life transitions. Gender diversity policy was initially focused on increasing female non-executive board members. Recently this has broadened to executive board members and their direct reports (Hampton-Alexander Review, 2016). Initial interventions in organisations concentrated on preparing female […]

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GENDER: THE CYCLE OF CONTROL

Nicole Berg concludes this column on gender with a two-part exploration of domestic abuse, a pervasive issue, yet still very much unreported. Part 1: setting the scene This column began one year ago as part of Coaching at Work’s Campaign for Gender Equality. Over the year, we’ve examined gendered personality traits, gender conditioning, expansion into our respective ‘feminine’ and ‘masculine’ ranges, life balance, emotion and social group dominance. Together, these have shaped our thoughts on culturally ubiquitous beliefs – and actions that stem from these – and how we may begin to address these in our lives, the lives of […]

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IDEAS IN ORBIT

In this two-part series, angel investor and coach/mentor Bridget Connell explores why and how to support women entrepreneurs. Part 1 highlighted the untapped potential in this group. In Part 2, she delves into what supporting women start-up entrepreneurs means in practice I’m passionate about supporting women in business. As I highlighted in Part 1* of this series, women represent an untapped potential contribution of £10.1 billion to the UK economy alone. However, they’re held back by unconscious bias, lack of confidence and access to the right networks. Drawing on my work as an angel investor concentrating on technology businesses founded […]

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GENDER: SOCIAL DOMINANCE

Men as a group hold disproportionate power and freedoms compared with women. Many societies have group-based dominance, in which a social group enjoys special privileges while at least one other group has relatively little power. Coaching can help dominant clients ‘self-parent’ that critical voice – and instead listen to their compassionate inner child By Nicole Berg I was at an evening networking event some time ago where I met a man called Matt (not his real name). A fellow entrepreneur, he and I were swapping stories and tips, when he brought up the topic of people management. Steeped in my […]

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WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS: READY TO LAUNCH

This two-part series explores coaching women entrepreneurs. Part One: Setting the scene. Angel investor and coach Bridget Connell reports By Bridget Connell   The World Bank 2020 Goal of Universal Financial Access recognises that financial inclusion is a critical tool to promote economic growth. Yet universal access to finance has a huge gender gap. Women find it harder than men to raise capital to grow a business and are half as likely as men to start their own. Access to finance is one of the key reasons given. Research by the consultancy firm, Development Economics, estimates that 2.7m women in […]

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TOOLBOX: TRIED & TESTED – TRANSFORM YOUR STORY

A two-day workshop, Women in Leadership: Purpose, Power and Presence, with Hetty Einzig and Liz Rivers, examines a new kind of leadership, with women at its centre By Liz Hall I’m in the heart of London with a bunch of sassy women leaders, participating in a coaching programme on developing purpose, power and presence. As we share our experiences of power plays at work, I’m struck by how forceful stories can be. Not only in how they land in the moment when spoken, but in how they take root in our psyches, shaping how we show up, and what we […]

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GSK PROGRAMME BOOSTS TALENTED FEMALE LEADERS

Coaching At Work Annual Conference 2016, 6 July, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London With the number of women above director level within GSK growing at only 1% a year, it would take 21 years for women to reach parity with men. However, a specialised internal coaching programme is successfully speeding up the process. The Accelerating Difference programme is the brainchild of Sally Bonneywell, GSK vice president, coaching. Since the introduction of the programme, Bonneywell says there have been shifts in attitudes from male leaders who are increasingly open to recruiting a higher percentage of women. Some 59% of the women have […]

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