Lady Barbara Judge: Long maternity breaks are bad for women

Originally published at Management Today The UK has one of the most generous maternity packages across the world: new mothers are allowed up to 52 weeks off work, 39 of which are paid. But these family-friendly laws are damaging women’s career prospects, according to IoD chairwoman Lady Barbara Judge. ‘I know it’s counter-cultural but I… Continue Reading

Businesses just want certainty over their EU employees’ future

Originally published at Does rhetoric matter? I ask because the Home Office draft document on the UK’s immigration policy post-Brexit that was leaked this week represents a marked departure from the positive tone used in the referendum campaign by the Leave-supporting members of the current Cabinet. They were keen to argue that Britain would… Continue Reading

The election of heavy rhetoric, but light substance

Originally published at This is For anyone that loves to work as much as I do, it is often difficult to find the time to do little else. As a frequent flyer for business, long haul flights are an opportunity to catch up on some reading. I was particularly struck on a recent flight… Continue Reading

This is both the best and worst time for women in the workplace

Originally published at This week, as I stood in a room full of successful women in business and public life, giving a speech about the importance of increasing their number, I could not help but be reminded of the opening line of A Tale of Two Cities. “It was the best of times, it was… Continue Reading

Entrepreneurs must spot the opportunities in the bumpy ride of Brexit

Originally published at The Times Between 1973 and 1975, the US found itself mired in recession. For several years it suffered from stagflation, the economic sickness of persistent high inflation combined with weak demand. Some might think that this would have been a bad time to start a business with an untested product. And yet… Continue Reading