• About the Author: Sylvia Ann Hewlett

    Sylvia Ann Hewlett is president of the Center for Work-Life Policy and Sylvia Ann Hewlett Associates. She is the author of 11 books, including Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets. Follow he…

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08 Aug. 2017 | Comments (0)
When Employees Think the Boss Is Unfair, They’re More Likely to Disengage and Leave
It’s impossible to know when managers act on unconscious biases. But it is possible to ascertain when an individual perceives bias against them. In gathering research for our report Disrupt Bias, Drive Value, we decided to take a different approach to studying bias. Rather than looking at managers’ actions, we focused our attention on the employees — particularly, their experiences.

10 Jul. 2017 | Comments (0)
People Suffer at Work When They Can’t Discuss the Racial Bias They Face Outside of It
Last month, in an unprecedented show of solidarity, 150 CEOs from the world’s leading companies banded together to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace and, through an online platform, shared best practices for doing so.

12 Jun. 2015 | Comments (0)
Qualified Black Women Are Being Held Back from Management
Black women are ready, willing, and able to lead. Yet those who’ve battled their way into the upper middle realms of corporate America languish there, despite their formidable credentials. And, despite their ambition and qualifications, 44% feel stalled in their careers.

20 Feb. 2015 | Comments (0)
4 Ways to Retain Gen Xers
The economy’s slow but steady improvement should be good news. But employers may find a cloud lurking behind the sunny forecast: They are at risk of losing some of their most valuable talent — and they may not even realize it.

05 Nov. 2014 | Comments (0)
The Authenticity Trap for Workers Who Are Not Straight, White Men
Many employees are encouraged to “just be yourself,” only to find their authenticity — and their career ambitions — constrained by unwritten office rules about appearance, speech, and behavior. “Leadership potential” isn’t enough to boost even the most qualified men and women into top jobs.

30 Sep. 2014 | Comments (1)
Flextime Is Declining, But “Flex Around the Edges” Is Up
Earlier this year, San Francisco and Vermont passed legislation that allows workers to ask for flexible work schedules without fear of reprisal. Are such “right to request” laws indicators of a rise in flextime? Or do they reflect a fear that flextime programs are being eliminated?

11 Jul. 2014 | Comments (0)
As You Start Your Career, Focus on People Skills
All across the country, this year’s soon-to-be graduates are revving up to start their careers. You may be one of them. You’re smart and energetic, and you’re eager to commit both of those attributes to moving ahead. But is that enough to succeed? Unfortunately, no.

09 May. 2014 | Comments (0)
What’s Holding Women Back in Science and Technology Industries
The fact is, senior female leaders in SET industries are still too few and far between. New research (PDF) from the Center for Talent Innovation shows that U.S. women working in SET fields are 45% more likely than their male peers to leave the industry within the year.

28 Mar. 2014 | Comments (0)
Make Yourself Sponsor-Worthy
“I’ve always given 110%,” says Maggie. “Whoever I worked for, I gave them my all, every day, 10 hours a day, weekends and holidays, whatever it took. That endeared me to a lot of powerful men.” That dedication and loyalty should have made Maggie a star.

13 Mar. 2014 | Comments (0)
Cracking the Code That Stalls People of Color
It’s a topic which corporations once routinely ignored, then dismissed, and are only now beginning to discuss: the dearth of professionals of color in senior positions. Professionals of color hold only 11% of executive posts in corporate America.

12 Dec. 2013 | Comments (0)
How to Choose the Right Protégé
Ed Gadsden, former chief diversity officer at Pfizer, once asked his sponsor, the legal scholar and federal judge Leon Higginbotham, why he took such an interest in him, aside from the fact they were both African American. “You’re nothing like me, Ed,” Higginbotham told him.

26 Nov. 2013 | Comments (0)
To Diversify Your Network, Follow the 2+1 Rule
The 2+1 Rule ensures that you’ll survive a direct hit to your department, a threat to your division, or even a catastrophic blow to your firm. Finding and sustaining a relationship with three sponsors is a daunting task. But now more than ever, diversification is the key to career survival.

05 Nov. 2013 | Comments (0)
As a Leader, Create a Culture of Sponsorship
Sexual tension will always exist in the workplace. Affairs happen, and where there’s even the possibility of sex, there’s gossip. Sex haunts sponsorship, prompting men and women to avoid the professional partnerships necessary to achieve their career goals for fear of being censured.

01 Nov. 2013 | Comments (0)
Make Yourself Safe for Sponsorship
It’s not uncommon for today’s rising stars to align themselves with high-powered individuals in order to fast-track their careers — and in fact, it’s recommended. But sometimes, it’s not so simple.

08 Oct. 2013 | Comments (0)
The Right Way to Find a Career Sponsor
As part of her employer’s mentoring program, every month Willa meets one-on-one with Joan, a former EVP at the same global financial services firm. Warm and nurturing, Joan is a tireless champion of working mothers like Willa, having herself negotiated a flex arrangement working out of her home in Connecticut while overseeing operations in India.

17 Sep. 2013 | Comments (0)
How Women Drive Innovation and Growth
Women represent a growth market more than twice as big as China and India combined. They control $20 trillion in global consumer spending, own or operate between 25-33% of all private businesses, and earn an estimated $13 trillion.

17 Sep. 2013 | Comments (0)
Constructing Your Career Castle
As the story goes, Walt Disney had a key piece of advice to the executives planning the Magic Kingdom: Build the castle first. Disney understood that everyone involved in achieving his vision needed literally to see the beauty of this vision to remind them what they were working toward.

30 Aug. 2013 | Comments (0)
Smart Leaders Have Protégés
Just how important protégés are to a powerful person was made clear to me by this question, told to me by a Fortune 100 CEO. When choosing his direct reports, he asks: "How many blazing talents have you developed over the years and put in top positions across the company?"

18 Jul. 2013 | Comments (0)
Why LGBT Employees Need Workplace Allies
Recent research from the Center for Talent Innovation details the benefits of an inclusive work environment. For LGBT employees, feeling comfortable about being out at work opens up access to business opportunities like Wolford's as well as platforms on which to exercise leadership.

29 Apr. 2013 | Comments (0)
New Research: The State of Work for Indian Women
The conventional narrative of India's educated women tends to emphasize the tectonic collisions between "India Inc.," with its expanding array of opportunities, and "Old India," whose traditions persist in shaping — and sometimes limiting — women's career ambitions.

14 Feb. 2013 | Comments (0)
A New Way to Network Inside Your Company
Breaking down functional silos is key to everything from encouraging communication to building valuable connections to sparking innovation. But, as we all know, bridging interdepartmental chasms is far easier said than done. Fortunately, some companies are starting to come up with creative solutions. Take, for example, Lunch Roulette, a new concept being used at the U.S. arm of pharmaceuticals manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim (BIPI).

28 Nov. 2012 | Comments (0)
More Women in the Workforce Could Raise GDP by 5%
Women are the primary caregivers for children, the elderly, and the sick, and this burden hampers their economic development. The Booz study notes that women in OECD countries spend about 2.4 hours each day more than men on such unpaid work.

08 Nov. 2012 | Comments (0)
Too Many People of Color Feel Uncomfortable at Work
"The corporation for me is a theater, and I try to remember to stay in character." That's the blunt response from one African-American executive to a dilemma that dogs many people of color in American workplaces: Even as multicultural fluency is increasingly prized in today's global business environment, the very people who represent that diversity feel shut out.

09 Oct. 2012 | Comments (0)
What Europe Can Teach the U.S. About Gender in the Boardroom
As the U.S. presidential campaign moves into its final months, newspapers are full of promises from both candidates. But there's promising news from Europe that's also worth attention.

13 Jul. 2012 | Comments (0)
Anne-Marie Slaughter Misses a Huge Opportunity
For six days I've hesitated to comment on Anne-Marie Slaughter's piece in The Atlantic. I know something about the pain of the Mommy Wars, and this time I wanted to stay on the sidelines. But I find myself drawn in because some important things are not being said.

29 Jun. 2012 | Comments (0)
Strategic Alliances Can Make or Break Female Leaders
The lack of women in the C-suite and corporate boardroom has been making headlines on both sides of the Atlantic. Highly qualified women are not breaking through to leadership positions in numbers commensurate with their presence in the talent pool.

31 May. 2012 | Comments (0)
Attract and Keep A-Players with Nonfinancial Rewards
With salaries frozen even as the scope of work expands, managers find it nearly impossible to lure A-players and compensate existing high performers without breaking the budget. The good news? They may not have to.

15 Mar. 2012 | Comments (0)
Strengthen Your Workforce Through Volunteer Programs
Time-crunched employees are increasingly looking to their jobs to provide opportunities for the good deeds that they don't have the hours for outside of work, and companies are responding. But karmic satisfaction is only part of the payoff.

27 Feb. 2012 | Comments (0)
Don't Dismiss Your Gen X Talent
Is the tide finally turning? The Labor Department recently reported that the number of Americans quitting their jobs has begun to rise.

07 Feb. 2012 | Comments (0)
Understanding Female Talent in Emerging BRIC Markets
Julia Jia was the first girl from her small village in Shandong Province to go to university.

03 Feb. 2012 | Comments (0)
Getting Japanese Women Back on Track
Japan's economic health is threatened. Not just by an ongoing recession and March's disastrous earthquake and tsunami, but by an aging population that is decimating the workforce.

04 Jan. 2012 | Comments (0)
Brazil's Women Shun the Private Sector
Blame it on the bossa nova.

29 Dec. 2011 | Comments (0)
Increase Engagement by Encouraging Employees to Volunteer
Volunteering has always been viewed as good for your soul.

19 Dec. 2011 | Comments (0)
India's Crown Jewels: Female Talent
Hardly a day goes by, it seems, without India making global economic headlines.

29 Nov. 2011 | Comments (0)
Reward Older Workers With What They Really Want
It's Labor Day. Do you know who your workforce is?