• About the Author: Alison Maitland

    Alison Maitland is a Senior Fellow, Human Capital at The Conference Board. In this role, Alison supports the Human Capital Practice which includes The Conference Board Human Capital Exchange™, r…

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01 Feb. 2017 | Comments (0)
Why Would Men Join a “Gender Network?”
Connecting through employee networks can help individuals advance their careers and companies improve their performance. To provide these benefits, however, networks must have a clear strategy, funding, senior sponsorship … and an attractive proposition for all potential members.

04 Aug. 2016 | Comments (0)
Widening Divides Require a D&I Rethink
Is it time for Diversity & Inclusion to revisit its roots and refocus on equality? The question strikes me as important in the light of events in the US, UK and other countries exposing the deep divisions that persist in society and the worrying rise in intolerance.

08 Apr. 2016 | Comments (0)
Don’t Let Your Women’s Network Damage Female Advancement
Women’s networks – also known as affinity or employee resource groups – are typically viewed by businesses as an essential pillar of their efforts to increase the number of women in leadership roles. Yet, new research shows that networks frequently fail to make headway, leading to frustration and disengagement among female employees.

30 Apr. 2015 | Comments (0)
Corporate Man: Challenge the Stereotype!
While a friend was on the website HeForShe dedicated to gender equality, he was surprised to see Matt Damon defend women's rights. The intervention of the Hollywood actor and famous tough guy of the Bourne trilogy has acted against the grain of received ideas. Tthat has made a strong impression.

04 Mar. 2013 | Comments (0)
Yahoo and Why It Pays to Keep People Happy
Yahoo’s decision to revoke remote working has raised the question of what this will do to employee morale, as Marissa Mayer seeks to rebuild the culture. Wharton research shows why companies need to focus on keeping employees satisfied – because it drives up the company’s value.

25 Sep. 2012 | Comments (0)
Combat Work Stress by Giving People Control
Would you like to do everything in your power to stop your employees suffering a heart attack from overwork? If so, medical researchers have some important news, especially in these tough times when employees are under pressure to do more with less. The important word here is “control.”

18 Jul. 2012 | Comments (0)
Disability is Not Just an HR Issue
Let us suppose your business has a policy to employ people with disabilities. Then you discover that a newly hired wheelchair-using employee is unable to get to her first-floor office because she’s not allowed to use the elevator. How effective is your policy now?

08 May. 2012 | Comments (0)
East Meets West on Harnessing Diversity
What happens when you gather experts together in India, China and the UK to discuss the link between diversity and business performance? Regardless of cultures and backgrounds, they all agree that diversity starts and ends with having the right leadership.

12 Dec. 2011 | Comments (0)
Measuring the Benefits of Work Flexibility
Too few companies measure the full business benefits of giving employees autonomy over how they work because they aren’t looking at the big picture themselves.