In honor of National Boss’s Day, five Randstad women leaders shared memories of outstanding bosses who have helped shape their careers. Read their stories and find out how a great boss can make a real difference in the lives of employees. Also, check out Four Ways to Be a Better Boss, based on our recent Randstad Engagement Study! The Power of Thank You Rebecca L. Harrell, Regional Vice President, Randstad US I had one boss from early in my career who taught me so much and was truly a great mentor. He was the president of the company I worked for, and I managed his operations. HeRead More →


Randstad’s third annual Women Powering Business Panel series was once again a huge success as business leaders gathered in Chicago and Minneapolis for thought-provoking discussions regarding gender diversity in the workplace. Through our panel events, we continued our goal of providing women workers with greater access to information, networks, mentors and champions, as well as key insights on issues and topics impacting women in business. Dynamic leaders from civic, academic, business, HR and philanthropic backgrounds came together to offer their advice and expertise on a variety of topics impacting women in the workplace. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Betty Spence, President of the National Association forRead More →


The fifth installment of our Women Powering Technology series features Helen Drinan, President of Simmons College, a Boston-based, private women’s college established in 1899. She is the eighth President of Simmons College and the former Chair of the Simmons College Board of Trustees. Previously, Drinan was Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Caritas Christi Health Care. She also served as President and CEO of the Society of Human Resources Management and as Executive Vice President of Human Resources for BankBoston. In 2001, she was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, and in 2007 she received the John D. Erdlen Five StarRead More →


Women are making greater strides than ever before, both at work and at home. Not only are we making our way into leadership ranks across all industries, but we’re also bringing home the funds to support our families. But these advancements come with a price. As women workers struggle with the weight of balancing work and family, we’re stressed out. While stress affects both genders, our recent Randstad Engagement Study found that it has a greater impact on women workers, with 27 percent of women (compared to 22% of men) citing stress as a top reason to leave their current job. Read more about ourRead More →


When Pantene released a video examining the way women overuse the word “sorry,” it got the public talking about the power of language and how women are so quick to apologize for things that aren’t their fault. Whether it’s habit or learned behavior, many women use this five-letter word as a way to appear softer and more likeable — especially in the workplace. But is it time for women to stop apologizing so much? “Sorry is a crutch — a tyrannical lady-crutch,” according to a Time article. “It’s a space filler, a hedge, a way to politely ask for something without offending.” According to another Boston GlobeRead More →


The second installment of our Women Powering Technology series features: Evelyn Miraglia, Senior Manager, Business Continuity at Coach. A former UNIX production engineer, Miraglia currently specializes in business continuity management, business continuity planning, crisis management and disaster recovery planning for the New York-based luxury leather goods company. She has 19 years of experience in information management, information systems and technology within various industries, including  financial, pharmaceutical, healthcare, government, insurance and retail. -Kimberly Fahey, Vice President, Global Client Solutions at Randstad. KF: Tell me more about your career path in IT industry? What changes have you witnessed over the past few decades regarding the representation of women in the male-dominatedRead More →


While women in technology have made great strides, they still face many barriers, which is the focus of a comprehensive infographic from IT Manager Daily. Percentage of women earning IT-related degrees has declined Over the past 25 years, the proportion of females earning tech degrees has steadily dropped from 37 percent in 1985 to 18 percent in 2009. A recent New York Times article titled “I Am Woman, Watch Me Hack” addresses possible reasons why fewer women are interested in tech degrees: One of the biggest challenges, according to many in the industry, may be a public-image problem. Most young people … simply don’t comeRead More →


Women Powering Business is pleased to introduce “Women Powering Technology,” a six-part series that takes a closer look at the lack of female representation in the IT industry. Topics in the series will include: What impact does the gender gap have on the IT industry overall? What’s the origin of the gender gap? How can tech companies attract and retain female talent? What are some barriers that women in tech face? The Women Powering Technology series will feature female executives who will offer their insight and advice on this trend. -Kimberly Fahey, Vice President, Global Client Solutions at Randstad   Our first installment features Alisia Genzler, ViceRead More →


For women looking to open the c-suite door, sponsors may hold the key. The topic of sponsors versus mentors and how they impact women in the workplace heated up in 2013 when a Manhattan-based female economist launched a two-year study on the topic, followed by a book titled “Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor.” Sylvia Ann Hewlett, President and CEO of the think tank Center for Talent Innovation, studied 12,000 men and women in white collar jobs across Britian and the United States and found that sponsorship beat mentorship when it comes to career progression – especially for women struggling to climb higher than middleRead More →


I think that in some circumstances what you don’t say is more important than what you actually do say. Sometimes your actions speak louder than any words that come from your mouth. Self-promotion is a tricky proposition. You don’t want come across looking overly overconfident or even worse arrogant, but you don’t want your talents to go unnoticed either. So how do you promote yourself without looking self-promotional? I think you start by showing your value through your relationships with others, getting involved in your local community (not your online communities either), go volunteer at a homeless shelter, help build houses, volunteer to mentor kids. It’s hard to beRead More →