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With a ‘Women of the Future Award’ under their belt and 45% of their hires female, Enterprise Rent-a-Car is racing towards a balanced workforce in a male-dominated industry. Leigh Lafever-Ayer, HR director, shares with Katie Richard their plans for future success.

What are your responsibilities as the HR director of Enterprise?

As UK HR director for Enterprise, I oversee all aspects of HR, talent, training and development for nine operating groups and the corporate headquarters.

Diversity is a key business strategy for Enterprise and is a major part of my role. I am responsible for diversity initiatives from new projects, training, systems, benchmarking and communication. We also reach out to our suppliers and customers, as well as to a wider network of businesses, through our activities during International Women’s Day, with our membership at Opportunity Now and our involvement in The Cherie Blair Foundation’s Women Entrepreneur programme by providing employee mentors. Read the rest of this entry »

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Women on a global career stage

21 Oct

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      WomenOnGlobalStage200x233Indra Nooyi, Marissa Mayer and Ursula Burns are examples of high profile women with very successful global careers. The chair and CEO of Pepsico, president and CEO of Yahoo, and chair and CEO of Xerox have reached the top of their game, but the route to get there can’t have been easy.

      If you’re a woman who aspires to a senior position, working internationally, what challenges will you face and how can you overcome these?

      Pressure on personal relationships

      Last year in Argentina, career transition expert Bruno Matarazzo ran 20% of the country’s expat programmes. This helped secure roles for the partners of women who had moved to Argentina to take up positions with international companies. Although it made financial sense for couples to relocate, Matarazzo reported that partners typically struggled with their feelings of self-esteem, which proved a challenge for women when embarking on their new role. Read the rest of this entry »

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      Finding ways to ensure the path to the boardroom is equally accessible to male and female employees is one of the most pressing and controversial HR issues facing corporations.

      It’s difficult to argue that businesses simply don’t believe in the business case for greater diversity at the top of the organisation. Wide support for the Davies Report’s recommendations, on ensuring greater leadership team diversity and the creation of new business leader-led networks (for example, the ’30 per cent club’), suggest otherwise. Yet, there is still a huge amount of work to be done. In researching our members – who include three quarters of FTSE 100 companies – we found only 11 per cent of UK executive committee members are female.

      Urgency doesn’t equal solution

      The introduction of new government enforced quotas regarding the percentage of women in the boardroom might create an ongoing urgency to focus on the problem, but it doesn’t introduce a solution. The problem today is not that organisations aren’t willing to invest in hiring and developing rising female talent, but that there simply aren’t enough women in the leadership pipeline. Read the rest of this entry »

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      Men and women like to be managed in different ways, but  in a climate of equality in the workplace, how is this possible? As the director of Capp (a global organisational psychology firm), I worked with Emma Trenier (consulting psychologist) to look at what women want from their managers, and what can be done to address their needs.

      Recent research conducted by Capp has highlighted a number of key management behaviours, which make a real difference to women. These largely focus on attitude, relationships, and are not just about getting the job done.

      With information from over 1,100 participants, Emma and I have used our research to compile a list of seven ways to get the best out of your female workforce: Read the rest of this entry »

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