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"The Executive Coaching Consultancy provides us with a maternity coaching programme for women from all areas of the firm. The coaches help individuals to manage the pressures and responsibilities that can arise during an important period of change which not only affects their career but also their personal life. This is an invaluable service which helps us to retain talent in an increasingly competitive market and to support women working in a high pressure environment."

Caroline Harding - Director of Learning and Development, Herbert Smith LLP

Flexible working News archive

3 Myths of Collaboration
As workplaces and ways of working are changing, workplace expert Monica Parker explores what collaboration is and isn’t – and shares her knowledge of how workplace environments affect behaviour at work.


Book review - Thrive
Arianna Huffington’s new book Thrive introduces us to the third metric of success and our reviewer Lisa Middlemas found herself hooked… even at 6am!


Enter The 2014 Power Part Time List
Call for nominations: from trailblazing flexible workers


New rights to flexible work: a legal update
Is legal change enough? Michelle Chance makes the case for new fathers to get more support and why they need to become more vocal in their demands, if workplace culture is to change.


Fast forward to 30% : goal of improved board diversity is in sight
There has been an encouraging acceleration of progress towards the objective of achieving a 30% representation of women on the boards of UK companies, but Helena Morrissey, a leading voice on this issue, says that stumbling blocks remain as employers still find themselves struggling to ‘get the basics right’.


Ashurst’s inspiring ‘Women in Business’ event marks International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day was held in March and to coincide with it, international law firm Ashurst created a three-day programme of events called ‘Women in Business’. This included a lively and entertaining panel session that covered a wide range of topics.


Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the ECC discover the power of Returning Talent
This transformative programme provides inspiration and guidance to women on resuming their career after taking time out to raise a family. The programme in March generated some fantastic feedback from participants praising the openness and inspiration of the programme leaders and their confidence-boosting advice. We are thrilled to be now taking Returning Talent State-side.


Childcare: time spent planning can save stress and money later
Childcare is notoriously expensive and the options available can be bewildering. Andrea Birchall from Parental Choice shares advice to make sense of the maze, with suggestions for making your money go further. Appropriate and affordable childcare is critical for working parents. With costs continuing to rise, it is more necessary than ever to get more with less.


Leaders Corner – Karen Mattison MBE
Karen Mattison founded Timewise in 2005 when she identified a gap in the recruitment market, with employers often wanting to recruit high calibre, part time staff.


Security or autonomy? The talent gap widens
We have long been aware of the loss of female talent from the workplace, but as Geraldine Gallacher outlines, this is increasingly an issue for male executives too as they assess whether it is worth staying in the corporate world.