• Older workers matter

    Smarter management of long-serving executives can benefit companies and the wider economy, says Lisa Buckingham
    Last month an inside page of the Daily Telegraph carried juxtaposed two stories which illustrated perfectly the conundrum now being faced by business over the issue of older workers.
    The first carried the headline, “Older workers must pick their own retirement age”. […]

  • Diversity matters

    The outcome of the general election may be anything but certain. It is clear, however, that diversity will become increasingly important for business whatever the complexion of the incoming government.
    This year is, of course, ‘the zero hour’ for Lord Davies’s target that there should be 25 per cent of women in the boardrooms of FTSE […]

  • Make flexible working work

    There are potentially big financial benefits and it helps you keep top talent too, says Lisa Buckingham
    Flexible and part-time working have, traditionally, been seen as benefiting (usually female) employees. They’re work patterns which companies are forced to grin and bear. They have certainly rarely been viewed as a way for organisations to achieve their strategic […]

  • Diversity = better boards

    Only when there are sufficient numbers of female executive decision-makers rising to the top of boardrooms can there be a long-lasting difference to the nature of British business.
    Although there are no all-male boardrooms in the FTSE100, most of the positions for women on those boards are non-executive roles. The IoD believes strongly that greater diversity at […]

  • Unconscious bias hinders success

    Painting our daughters’ rooms pink, raising a quizzical eyebrow when they express a desire to study A-level physics or gently persuading the black sixth former that she might prefer nursing to studying medicine are, most of us now realise, devastatingly limiting stereotypical attitudes.
    Many of our prejudices we are aware of and can take action to […]

  • UK plc must improve race equality

    While most of British business struggles to improve the representation of women in boardrooms, focus is turning to another key diversity issue – race equality in senior management. The Labour Party has vowed to set ethnic targets for state-controlled bodies if it wins power. Although the IoD does not support quotas, we acknowledge that greater […]

  • Try hiring returning execs

    You’ve lost your head of sales or marketing. You have a strategic project which somehow never gets off the ground. Your budget to hire someone with expertise is limited. What do you do? Go for ‘returners’.
    These are highly skilled female executives who have dropped out of the workforce to have children. According to the Women […]

  • Equality is down to the ceo

    When you set your mind to something, it’s amazing what you can achieve – particularly if you’re the boss. At Lloyds Banking Group where chief executive António Horta Osório has made the pledge that 40 per cent of his top 5,000 executives will be women by 2020, the organisation is apparently totally galvanised.
    Now a target […]

  • Want to be a NED? Speak up

    A favourite Catch 22 used to be that you couldn’t be an actor without an Equity card but you couldn’t get an Equity card until you were an actor. A similar conundrum faces many now wanting to become non-executive directors. The boardroom door may be open – but only once you are already sitting on […]