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A caring employer

Mobile working

Kevin Smith knows how important it is to have a supportive employer. He is Resourcing Project Manager at Vodafone, having recently moved from another role in the company where he had been involved in implementing and communicating Vodafone’s new global maternity policy in the UK. This included the introduction of Shared Parental Leave. The policy […]

Making agile working the norm

Mitra Janes

DLA Piper has long promoted flexible working, but last year it wanted to take a different approach. So it rebranded and relaunched its work culture as agile working and made all its messaging about encouraging people to think about working in an agile way and about how it would support them to do that. DLA […]

Rising up the career ladder in Sodexo


Jane Bristow, a managing director at Sodexo,the international food services and facilities management organisation, talks to about her role, how she got there and what she thinks can help encourage other women’s career progression. What does your role entail? Jane Bristow: I am the managing director of Sodexo’s Education business, providing catering and […]

Bish Bash Birthdays: the party franchise

Bish Bash Birthdays

Richard Jones has switched from giving careers advice to schoolchildren and university students to entertaining groups of small children in a polka dot waistcoat and hat. Richard is a franchisee for Bish Bash Birthdays which offers a whole range of themed parties to children aged three to eight. Just before he took up the franchise […]

Summer childcare dilemma

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The majority of working mums don’t have summer childcare sorted yet, according to a poll. The poll shows 57% of mums have not got summer childcare sorted, compared to 21% who have and 22% who don’t need summer childcare. One woman said: “I work too many hours to get help with childcare costs, have […]

The’s Guide to Stretching Time

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You’ve got a whole host of things to do to get to the end of the day and not enough time to do them in. Your lists have developed sub-lists and you’re constantly running three minutes late due to task overload. You need a lie-down, but there are 23 more urgent things to do before […]

Building an empathetic workplace


If the late 20th century workplace was one characterised by ambition at all costs, the 21st may be taking a bit of a different turn as people seek more supportive environments and employers emphasise the need for “soft” skills like communication and team building. In his new book, cultural thinker Roman Krznaric argues that the […]

Supporting future working

Mobile working

Dave Dunbar has spent over 20 years with BT, most recently as Head of Mobility Consulting, and has been at the forefront of its pioneering work on mobile working. Now he has set up a business with two former colleagues to pool all the expertise they have acquired to help businesses create flexible work cultures […]

A passion for flexible working

Chit Ghee

When Chit Ghee Yeoh applied for the role of director of internal audit at Metro Bank it was advertised as a full-time position. She was upfront about her need to work flexibly and has been doing the job on four days a week for the last 18 months. The flexible culture at Metro Bank has […]

A child-focused franchise: the story of Mini Monkey Gym


Penny Holbrook’s soft children’s gym franchise business was born partly from passion and partly from a desire to find a career that worked around her children. She has always loved gym fitness and has worked for years with children so when she returned from living in Germany to the UK as a single mum in […]

Supporting women entrepreneurs


Deepali Nangia launched Empower, a female-focused consulting service advising entrepreneurs, non-profits and other organisations, just over three years ago. Before that she had worked in financial services,  from investment banking on Wall Street to financial services firms like Marsh McLennan in the UK.  She has two children and is a regular blogger on where […]

Take part in’s annual survey

listeningear is launching its annual survey to find out what mums think about their working lives. The survey’s questions will range from what kind of hours and ways of working mums favour most to whether childcare costs or availability deter them from returning to work and what financial support, if any, they currently access to […]

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