I have a 3-year-old daughter.  She’s happy, fun and playful.  Each day, she insists upon dumping out every block in the house during play time and at night she carries 37 stuffed animals and dolls with her to bed.  During our recent drive to school, she asked “How are they building that house?” Overall, I think she’s demonstrating a broad array of interests.  As a parent, I want to foster her interests to offer her lots of options.  And I know I am not alone. In an effort to find some inspiration, I found this story about a Massachusetts mom who shared her frustrations aboutRead More →


Effective leaders frequently exude an identifiable style. Female leaders are often known for their ability to listen and multitask, while their male counterparts are praised for being strong and aggressive. But do valuable leadership qualities stem from gender or are they developed over time from life experiences? In a recent Forbes article, Lisa Serwin, CEO at AppMedicin, makes an argument for the latter and expresses her concern “that media—not to mention we the reader—may be trivializing things a bit when we laud the ‘womanly’ style of a female CEO.” In fact, genders often agree on the qualities needed to be a successful leader. According toRead More →


A new “gap” has entered the conversation regarding women in the workplace. Sheryl Sandberg tackled the ambition gap in her book Lean In. The debate continues around the wage gap and how pay inequality impacts working women. And now, the confidence gap has become the new “it” term in the media. It’s based on a new book by journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman titled The Confidence Code,  which takes a closer look at why men are getting promoted faster, getting paid more and dominating positions of power at most companies today. According to Kay and Shipman, one of the main factors hindering women inRead More →


Women are taking on leadership roles and adding value at the top levels of organizations more than ever before – case and point, Marillyn Hewson, who was recently named the first female CEO of Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s largest defense contractors. So why is it that many of today’s organizations still find it a challenge to place qualified women in top positions – especially when research clearly shows that companies that demonstrate gender diversity at the executive level outperform their competitors? In my role at the nation’s third largest HR services and staffing company, I often hear from clients, candidates and our own employeesRead More →


As the economy continues its steady trek toward improvement, how engaged are your employees? The recession and slow recovery has changed the way many U.S. employees view work; turbulent economic times have led workers to replace the question of “do I love my job?” with “do I have a job?” as the nation has weathered a period of layoffs, unemployment and uncertainty. Workforces have been stretched thin and employees have been asked to do more for the same or less pay. It’s no wonder that a CareerBuilder survey in February found the share of U.S. workers satisfied with their jobs fell to 59 percent thisRead More →


Could banning one word today really affect the leadership of tomorrow? According to Facebook chief operating officer and author of best-selling book “Lean In,” Sheryl Sandberg, the answer is yes. Ban Bossy, which now has its own online petition and boasts the endorsement of high profile women like Beyoncé and Condoleezza Rice, has taken shape to encourage young girls and working female professionals alike—whether on the playground or in the office place—to change the conversation by changing the connotation of one word: bossy. Joining Forces to Ban Bossy Here, the New England Patriots’ cheerleaders encourage fans and followers of their Facebook page to join them as theyRead More →


2014 started off as a great year for women in leadership, with the January announcement that Mary Barra was tapped as the new CEO for General Motors, making her the auto industry’s first female chief executive officer. To discuss this groundbreaking development, Randstad’s own Chief Marketing Officer Kristin Kelley recently appeared on Boston’s New England Cable News (NECN) to discuss Barra’s appointment and other ways companies can help women leaders advance to top levels in the workplace. Barra Tapped As CEO A “Legendary” Move During NECN’s nightly business show, Kelley discussed the importance of Barra’s highly visible new role as the top executive of oneRead More →


The New York Times recently asked readers to share advice for young women in the workplace. More than 500 responses followed, with insights ranging from how to be a leader and taking risks to negotiating salary and finding mentors.  Some highlights: Strive to be the person that people count on. Don’t just sit at the table; talk at the table! Make it a point to contribute at least once in every meeting you attend. To stand out and excel, especially as a woman in the business world, you need to lead. Keep track of your accomplishments. Don’t brush them off; write them down and addRead More →


Have you ever heard women in the workplace use phrases like “I feel” or “I don’t know much about this, but…” to preface a thought? Or, maybe you’ve used language like this yourself? The truth is, such subtle preluding clauses are common among female employees, but self-effacing behaviors like this could be holding women back as they strive to claim positions of power in the workplace. In a recent Women Powering Business panel event held in San Francisco, some high-profile business women from the area discussed this and more. Here are some of the highlights: Who’s the Boss? The interaction between women and men inRead More →


Navigating office relationships can be tricky, particularly for those in leadership positions. From strictly professional to more personal, how leaders interact with their employees, can set the tone for the entire office. Therefore, striking the right balance is critical to achieving a cohesive and trusting workplace. According to Randstad’s most recent gender engagement study, 84 percent of women agree that their relationship with their direct supervisor has a big impact on how happy they are with their job. While oversharing can diminish one’s authority, not sharing enough can make managers seem disinterested and closed-off. An HBR magazine article, Be Yourself, but Carefully, explores the currentRead More →