Allyson Zimmermann

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    Think manager, think male: Stereotypes that the media help reinforce

Think manager, think male: Stereotypes that the media help reinforce

 Popular stories in the media often reinforce misperceptions of women leaders by speculating about how they are different from men. They ‘sell’ because these stories seem to resonate with an unfailing belief about women and men, even if research shows the premises behind them are simply wrong and rooted in gender biases or stereotypes.

Unfortunately gender stereotyping is alive and […]

Why feeling ‘safe’ at work increases innovation

When we talk about feeling ‘safe’ at work, what first comes to mind is our physical or functional safety. However, how safe do you feel psychologically? Do you feel safe to speak up, voice your opinions and ideas? Do you feel safe to make mistakes without fear of being ridiculed or punished? Do you feel safe (and empowered) to […]

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    How employee networks can help boost a company’s bottom line

How employee networks can help boost a company’s bottom line

Lately, there has been a good dose of discussion around the impact of employee work groups. While many companies are interested in launching these networks, there is often an unconscious assumption questioning their business impact. Are work groups and networks really just social clubs or are they a valuable business resource for companies?

Catalyst uses the term ‘employee resource group’ […]

Diversity is a fact; inclusion, a choice

An organisation’s competitiveness may depend on its ability to create an inclusive workplace that uses the talents of a diverse workforce. Yet many organisations struggle with this, despite research linking an ‘inclusive’ culture, where all talent feels valued regardless of gender, ethnic background or sexuality, to higher reported innovation and teamwork.

People who feel different from the dominant majority can […]

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    Tracking the pesky myths that blame women for the glass ceiling

Tracking the pesky myths that blame women for the glass ceiling

For too long myths about women in the workplace have reigned supreme; and they go something like this. Women aren’t ambitious and they don’t want the top job. Furthermore, women don’t help other women, and they (all women?!) lack confidence; and just need to negotiate.

It’s quite a damning list to label half of the world’s population with, especially when […]

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    The more men know about work gender inequality, the more they act as advocates

The more men know about work gender inequality, the more they act as advocates

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In the workplace and society, being male has innate advantages, even though this ‘male privilege’ can be difficult to see and recognise. This privilege is rooted in organisational talent management systems, which may be biased in ways that disadvantage women and promote people who mirror the current senior leadership team.

It can be hard for […]

Are you ‘covering’ your identity at work?

Look around at your desk. Do you have a picture of your partner, your children, or your pet? Does it tell your colleagues a little about you and your life outside work or is it a neutral, blank canvas?

While there is much talk about ‘bringing your whole self to work’, what does it really mean? For many, it’s not […]

Women hold a mere 23% of board seats in Europe

When women started entering the workforce after the Second World War in greater numbers than ever before, it was assumed that, in time, the best and brightest would naturally rise to the top. However, 70 years on, women are still not represented in the upper echelons of the business world—holding just 22.7 per cent of board seats of the […]

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    To improve women’s representation in business leadership, bring men on board

To improve women’s representation in business leadership, bring men on board

It’s no secret that men rule the boardrooms of the world—holding 88% of board seats worldwide and 92% of CEO positions.

Yet, research shows that gender diversity in business leadership is known to bring fresh thinking, more creativity and better decision making, as well as increased competitiveness and financial performance.  To succeed, companies must have the best pool of talent […]