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There were no women's toilets on the board floor at BP - Lord Browne

There were no women's toilets on the board floor at BP - Lord Browne

By Rebecca Smith Tuesday, 28 June 2016

The executive chair of L1 Energy and former BP boss on how times have changed for inclusivity at work - though there's more to be done.

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Combating the confidence gap isn't just down to businesses

Combating the confidence gap isn't just down to businesses

27 June 2016

Individuals can take specific steps to feel more assured in their capabilities, though companies have responsibilities too.

 
 
London's tech start-ups trump FTSE firms on diversity - but that's not saying much

London's tech start-ups trump FTSE firms on diversity - but that's not saying much

22 June 2016

Too many companies are still having trouble improving their gender balance - in spite of industry-wide calls for change.

 
 
You don't need David Beckham or Gillian McKeith (or me) to tell you how to vote

You don't need David Beckham or Gillian McKeith (or me) to tell you how to vote

22 June 2016

EDITOR'S BLOG: A referendum is no way to decide an issue as complicated as Britain's relationship with Europe - and it has brought out the worst in us.

 
 
Daphne Koller: Soft skills are overlooked and undervalued

Daphne Koller: Soft skills are overlooked and undervalued

21 June 2016

The co-founder of online education platform Coursera on what skills will get workers ahead in the future.

 
 
Meredith Belbin: 'The EU is a miniscule bureaucracy'

Meredith Belbin: 'The EU is a miniscule bureaucracy'

17 June 2016

YOU LIVE & YOU LEARN: The father of team role theory explains why massive executive salaries and top down culture don't work.

 
 
Why failure informs success

Why failure informs success

16 June 2016

The Project Saboteur...and How to Kill Him is a light-hearted read on people who ruin things at work - but some deeper insights would have been welcome.

 
 
What will tomorrow's bosses be like?

What will tomorrow's bosses be like?

15 June 2016

MT at 50: The idea of the macho, authoritative leader has had its day. Say hello to collective teams, flatter organisations and more female influence.

 
 

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Are women punished more for bad behaviour at work?

09 June 2016

Apparently, we hold female workers to higher ethical standards, which means we're tougher on them when they slip up.

 

4 damning stats that reveal the lack of gender diversity at the top of UK Plc

16 May 2016

Despite a lot of progress at board level, just one sixth of top roles are held by women.

 

It's not just discriminatory to make women wear heels at work - it's impractical

11 May 2016

A receptionist was sent home from a PwC office for refusing to change shoes, but it's not just sexism that's the problem here.

 

Unruly's Sarah Wood toasted at Veuve Clicquot awards

10 May 2016

The tech firm co-founder won the Businesswoman of the Year award, while Propercorn's Cassandra Stavrou scooped a gong too.

 

Who are the 10 highest-paid CEOs in the world?

30 April 2016

Most self-made billionaires are entrepreneurs but there's still plenty of cash atop the corporate greasy pole.

 

How other start-ups can follow Etsy's lead on diversity

29 April 2016

The ecommerce site has made significant improvements to gender parity in its workforce.

 

35 Women Under 35 2016: Last chance to enter!

27 April 2016

Hurry, ladies. This is your last chance to enter 35 Women Under 35, MT's annual list of Britain's young female super-achievers.

 

10 things we learned this week

15 April 2016

Britain's most reputable businesses, family firms' fortunes, 'restrained' CEO pay.

 
 
How should you deal with sexism in the workplace?

How should you deal with sexism in the workplace?

14 June 2016

It covers a whole range of issues, so employers need to make sure they're clued up and that employees know what action they can take.

 
 
Why women lack confidence and why they don't need it

Why women lack confidence and why they don't need it

14 June 2016

Men in general may be more confident than women, but that can lead to a lack of awareness of how competent they actually are.

 
 
Can Hungryhouse's CEO fend off Deliveroo and Just Eat?

Can Hungryhouse's CEO fend off Deliveroo and Just Eat?

08 June 2016

Alice Mrongovius on competitors' fighting talk and preserving an entrepreneurial culture amid rapid growth.

 
 
What will our workplaces be like in the future?

What will our workplaces be like in the future?

06 June 2016

MT at 50: From the rise of the gig economy to 'bossless' environments, there will be a growth in flexibility in the years ahead. But with that comes less security and an end to the traditional career ladder.

 
 
'Like most mothers you just live with guilt the entire time' - Joanna Jensen

'Like most mothers you just live with guilt the entire time' - Joanna Jensen

02 June 2016

Her children's toiletries brand Childs Farm is turning over £2.2m, but the entrepreneur has found work-life balance to be a myth.

 
 
Why middle managers matter more than ever

Why middle managers matter more than ever

02 June 2016

Sandwiched between the board and the workers, middle managers are often derided from both sides. But, vital for everything from boosting productivity to raising morale, they deserve better. It's time to unleash their super powers.

 
 
How 'accidental entrepreneur' Julie Hanna became Obama's enterprise ambassador

How 'accidental entrepreneur' Julie Hanna became Obama's enterprise ambassador

26 May 2016

The exec chair of P2P lender Kiva discusses how she's aiming to create opportunities for new businesses worldwide.

 
 
Can a rise in female angel investors help close the funding gap?

Can a rise in female angel investors help close the funding gap?

19 May 2016

As more women try on their angel investor wings, the impact on the diversity of firms securing funding could be significant.

 
 
Lord Browne: 'There's only one openly gay CEO in the Fortune 500...There has to be more'

Lord Browne: 'There's only one openly gay CEO in the Fortune 500...There has to be more'

16 May 2016

YOU LIVE & YOU LEARN: Lord Browne of Madingley, former CEO of BP, on being outed, resigning and why being a leader makes you public property.

 
 
Meet the entrepreneurs keeping kids sweet with healthier treats

Meet the entrepreneurs keeping kids sweet with healthier treats

13 May 2016

Claudi & Fin's frozen yoghurt lollies have gone down a storm at Sainsbury's.

 
 
Why being a disability friendly employer is good business (and what you can do about it)

Why being a disability friendly employer is good business (and what you can do about it)

12 May 2016

Managing people with disabilities doesn't have to be difficult, and the rewards can be significant.

 
 
Why you should think about hiring a military veteran

Why you should think about hiring a military veteran

12 May 2016

Ex-military folk might need some initial support to get them up to speed with the business, but employers ignore them at their peril.

 
 
Will Shared Parental Leave level the childcare playing field?

Will Shared Parental Leave level the childcare playing field?

06 May 2016

A year on from the introduction of SPL, parents who have tried the option discuss how it could change flexibility surrounding parental leave.

 
 
Islam means business: Meet the new generation of Muslim entrepreneurs

Islam means business: Meet the new generation of Muslim entrepreneurs

27 April 2016

From halal ready meals to dating and Ramadan apps, the UK has seen a host of innovative businesses serving the Islamic community. We report on the entrepreneurs combining commerce with religion.

 
 
What skills do you need to succeed in STEM?

What skills do you need to succeed in STEM?

27 April 2016

Speakers from MT's Inspiring Women Edinburgh conference discuss what they feel will get you ahead in STEM jobs.

 
 
What easyJet's UK boss learned from Carolyn McCall about leadership

What easyJet's UK boss learned from Carolyn McCall about leadership

21 April 2016

Sophie Dekkers shared the airline CEO's advice on ditching the guilt as a working mother at MT's Inspiring Women Birmingham conference.

 
 
'Maternity leave shouldn't hamper your career' - Claire Davenport

'Maternity leave shouldn't hamper your career' - Claire Davenport

14 April 2016

The managing director of VoucherCodes.co.uk on career breaks, 'date days' with her children and why computer science needs to get cooler.

 
 
What was business like a decade ago?

What was business like a decade ago?

05 April 2016

It's 50 years since MT was first published, so we've trawled the archives to bring you some gems from times gone by. The third in our series: 2001-5.

 
 
How can we tackle tax avoidance?

How can we tackle tax avoidance?

04 April 2016

UPDATE: Panamanian leaks have revealed some of the tricks the super-rich use to cut their tax bills. But what can we do about it?

 
 
What the new gender pay rules mean for your business

What the new gender pay rules mean for your business

01 April 2016

WORKPLACE RIGHTS: New regulations mean businesses will have to publish data on female and male employees' pay.

 
 

Young women are more likely to get ignored by recruiters

13 April 2016

Their male counterparts hear back from job interviews more frequently, but it's not all down to gender.

 

Most British retail bosses not 'fit for purpose'

12 April 2016

Internal hiring remains popular and many chief execs only have retail experience. But is that such a bad thing?

 

Accenture's Emma McGuigan: I hate being called superwoman

11 April 2016

The senior MD of technology on why most women are better at networking than they think.

 

Why have only 1% of men taken up Shared Parental Leave?

05 April 2016

It was heralded as a big step forward in flexible working, but SPL hasn't taken off yet.

 

What graduates think is holding them back - and it's not sexism

31 March 2016

Competition and lack of contacts are perceived as barriers, but gender isn't much of a concern.

 

MPs aren't impressed with the government's handling of the gender pay gap

22 March 2016

A select committee report has been pretty scathing in its review of government policy to improve gender equality in the workplace.

 

10 things we learned this week

18 March 2016

A bad Budget for Coca-Cola, shaking off stereotypes, Admiral CEO's parting gift.

 

Jayne-Anne Gadhia: We need to create a level playing field

18 March 2016

Virgin Money's CEO on what's holding women back in finance.

 

F1's Susie Wolff on how to succeed in 'a man's world'

17 March 2016

The former test driver shares the challenges of climbing the ranks and why performance is power.

 

What's still holding women leaders back?

17 March 2016

A panel at MT's Inspiring Women conference tackled some of the big questions, from unconscious bias to 'Tiara Syndrome.'

 

10 things we learned this week

11 March 2016

Music stores haven't fallen flat, more price war woes, Burberry turns Sherlock.

 

Which FTSE 100 boards have female directors?

11 March 2016

Big business has gone on a hiring spree for women non-execs over the last few years, but not for decision makers.

 

Over 800,000 UK workers are on zero-hours contracts

09 March 2016

Is it merely a sign of people's desire for flexibility or a 'nightmare for workers' as the TUC claims?

 

Charlotte Tilbury, Clare Gilmartin and Sarah Wood in line for Veuve Clicquot award

08 March 2016

Veuve Clicquot's Business Woman of the Year award is now in its 44th year, but the calibre of finalists is still just as impressive.

 

Women entrepreneurs outnumber men - but only if they're under 35

08 March 2016

Female millennials are flying the flag for British entrepreneurialism, but it's not such a rosy picture for older business owners.

 

'Negativity will hit you back like a boomerang' - Smruti Sriram

08 March 2016

The boss of Supreme Creations and former '35 Women Under 35' star on blocking out sexism and why she went into business with her dad.

 

Getting more women in work could add £170bn to the UK economy

07 March 2016

If Britain replicated Sweden's success on female participation in work, GDP could rise by 9%.

 

Women will achieve workplace equality - in 2065

04 March 2016

Research says closing the digital skills gap could be crucial, but it might take a while.

 

Martin Sorrell's caution is WPP's secret weapon

04 March 2016

The ad man's menacing grey swans may have an upside.

 

Gender pay league tables are a blunt instrument

12 February 2016

Education secretary Nicky Morgan has announced that Britain's largest firms will be forced to publish data on their pay gaps.