Letters

first_img Comments are closed. This week’s lettersOne set of rules for both sexes Women are better than men at many aspects of management, but do not get thesame opportunities as their male counterparts to demonstrate their skills atwork. This was the finding of a study we completed last year, which also supportsthe article ‘European businesswomen being hindered by gender stereotyping’(Yardstick, 6 August). Female managers particularly outscored their male counterparts onself-awareness. If you believe that more self-aware individuals make moreeffective leaders, it is surprising that women hold only 5 per cent ofdirectorships in the UK’s 200 largest companies. We also find that men are often judged on their potential, whereas women arejudged on their performance. However, even when women outperform men, thebalance tips against them. Figures from the London School of Economics reveal that all women graduates,even those with first-class degrees, are being paid, on average, about 10 perless than male graduates. What both of these studies have shown is that to achieve gender diversity insenior management, organisations may need to review their development processesin order to level the playing field. Research shows that women are often offered one-to-one support throughcoaching or mentoring. However, men are nearly twice as likely to be offeredturnaround or start-up projects which allow them to learn from personalexperience – and demonstrate their abilities. Organisations need to use the same rules for both sexes – then women willdemonstrate their ability and make it to the top. Dr Andrew Hill Managing consultant, OPP Fleeting remark was not very apt I always read your HR coverage with interest and find it helpful, but I wassurprised by the description of ITV Digital as a ‘bastard child’ (Features, 20August). It suggests that children born out of wedlock do not have a structuredenvironment for growth. Perhaps this was a fleeting comment and just not wellthought through. Maybe ‘wayward child’ would have been more apt. As HR professionals and leaders, we have to be very cautious in ourlanguage, as was highlighted by the resignation of Pat Bottrill, chair of thegoverning council of the RCN, for quoting Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Niggers.Your highlighting of this phrase seemed to imply a condoning of an out-datedand prejudiced attitude towards the ‘family’, when HR is campaigning forrespect and fairness to individuals, regardless of their background. Yasmin Shai, MCIPD, DipCouns Education training & development leader, NHS Lancashire Set example for work-life balance I found the extensive article on work-life balance to be verythought-provoking (Features, 6 August). When I wrote my Masters’ dissertation on the subject in 1994, I was dismayedto find research that showed some people chose to work long hours to avoidtheir families, and others who were doing it to make up for inadequacies intheir private lives. While I agree that age is an important determinant in work-life balance, Ihope we are encouraging managers of the future to be well-rounded individualswith a healthy disrespect for presenteeism. One of the ways to do this is tolead by example – this means taking all annual leave and quitting the office ata reasonable time each evening, having done a good day’s work. With that in mind, I am off to the Caribbean at 5 o’clock tonight. Tessa Honey Head of training and development, CMPInformation CSR frauds may cause it to fail All credit to Stephen Overell for highlighting the cynical exploitation ofHR’s latest flavour of the month – corporate social responsibility (Researchviewpoint, 6 August). Is CSR motivated by a desire to be good to people, or is it to merely makemoney? If it is the latter, then CSR will fail because employees and customers willsee it for what it really is. I don’t believe the early Christian benefactors’actions were initiated by the desire to just increase profits or preen onconference platforms. I originally went into HR as a Christian, to genuinely serve people – butthen I’m probably old-fashioned in today’s climate. John Telford St Albans LettersOn 3 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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