Happy New Year!
I hope you’re well and have managed to have a Covid free Christmas, though speaking to clients and candidates it seems to be 50/50.
Over the final months of 2021 we polled over 1000 people (1,217 in total) in the industry. We wanted to take the temperature of how priorities had changed during the pandemic. The results are out below! It is clear that the classic balance of wanting a company that pays well and is also very flexible (a unicorn?) is key. There will be a few difficult decisions for candidates and businesses alike this year.
December was a great month full of inspiring people and we really felt connected with the world again. We hosted an event with Capital Group on how to speak up and be heard, with guest speaker Alexander Haggard telling us how she has perfected this. It was really engaging and I think we all came away feeling inspired!
We also had the pleasure of co-hosting with Ninety One an insightful discussion with guest speaker Tamara Lohan, Founder & CEO of Mr & Mrs Smith. She was awesome – I think what we all mainly took away from her was that a positive attitude can overcome most things in your career and in adversity be generous, thoughtful and deeply professional.
LGIM also invited me in to give a talk about Career Progression, Networking and Presence. I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of their Lean-In Network and hope that those of you who attended took some helpful tips away from it!
Events this year
‘Growing up in Investment Management’. We are starting to plan our events for the coming months and this is a topic many of you have suggested we cover. We are looking for people to contribute and if you are happy share your experiences on:
- Loss of confidence
- Career progression in your 50s and 60s
Please get in touch!
Would you prefer to attend an event in person or online this year? Please click here to take part in our poll.
I hope you enjoy reading my pick of articles from the month below!
Study by McKinsey
Another brilliant study by McKinsey on women in the workplace, 65,000 took part. Key takeaways:
- Women are doing more to support their teams and advance diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
- The work that is of high importance to companies is not financially recognised or rewarded
- Women are incredibly burnt out since the pandemic began, more so than men. Companies risk losing the talent pipeline they are trying to build.
It is so ironic that DEI is a contributing area to the gender pay gap! I have friends, clients, who enjoy the work, see it as crucial, who have hugely demanding jobs and who are working incredible hours for the ‘greater good’. Pay them for it!
How do you identify yourself at work? Is it as someone who enthusiastically engages in what you do each day? Who looks for ways to keep growing your talent and skills? And are your work colleagues perceived as allies to be supported or treated with the wariness deserving of competitors? Do you bring your best or your worst self to work most days?