Teryl @ Work

Nov 6 2015

This is a favourite topic of mine.

I started thinking about it, some years ago, when we hosted social events for our staff at the office.

There were those, both management and staff, who pitched in, but there were many more who had a wonderful evening, said thank you very politely at the end, and left the execs and senior managers loading dishwashers and generally tidying up.

Mini Case Study 1

Teryl @ Work
Oct 14 2015

Nor is it a skill, an achievement, or a sign of success.

And yet, we all compete with each other for levels of busyness. As if the busier we are the more successful, popular and cutting edge we must be.

No time for family or friends? Very busy doing important stuff.

No time for holidays or relaxation? Even more busy doing mission critical work.

And so it goes on!

Women are particularly hard hit in this area, because there is a fair amount for the average working woman to do at home, too!

Teryl @ Work
Oct 6 2015

If you speak to successful people, there are those who tell you:

  • they had a plan from day one (organised)
  • they were just in the right place at the right time (lucky)
  • they worked hard and were recognised (dedicated)
  • they continued to grow their skill set (life long learning)
  • they saw an opportunity and grabbed it (opportunistic) and
  • they are well connected (networkers)
Teryl @ Work
Sep 22 2015

Or to be more specific, is it having a real effect on the workplace?

As a concept, it’s been around for 30 years. Every time I mention it, though, I have to explain what it is!

Personal Case Study

Some years ago I was the president of a mostly male IT Association. (I believe I am still the only female president they have had since 1934). We needed to hire a new Executive Director. As a member of the ManCo, we interviewed a number of candidates, shortlisted them to three (two men, one woman) and conducted final interviews.

Teryl @ Work
Sep 10 2015

Maternity Leave – has it changed over the years?

I have two children, one 30, and the other 28 and, other than one 10 month extended holiday before we got married and two three month maternity leaves, I have been employed.

When viewing my personal maternity leave, the major difference was the comparison between the corporate and small business approach to women going on maternity leave.

It amazes me now, but when I had my daughter, I landed up having to manage a rather challenging situation.

I had a company car and was working for an international company.

Teryl @ Work
Sep 1 2015

Women and Property Ownership – is it really 1%?

As Women’s Month drew to a close in South Africa yesterday, I thought the topic of property ownership was worth further investigation.

Over the past month, I have participated in a number of women’s events, both as a speaker and as a member of the audience.

Some of the speakers have cited a statistic that puts 1 or 2% of property in the hands of women, globally.

According to Philip Cohen, (link below), this is a feminist myth that won’t die.

Teryl @ Work
Aug 27 2015

Focusing on women’s issues this month has heightened my awareness of a number of different attitudes that women face in the business world.

When I first heard about benevolent sexism, I thought “at least its good natured!” Some very high powered women disillusioned me on that one.

Possibly an extension of paternalism, benevolent sexism, and his ugly brother, hostile sexism, have become a subject of much study. And then there is the stepbrother, ambivalent sexism, to add to the mix.

Teryl @ Work
Aug 24 2015

The Daily Beast published a story in about 18 months ago with statistics that showed women being quoted 1 in 5 times on woman's issues. The article continued with stats on news shows showing a very similar picture. The Daily Beast

I haven't been able to find similar statistics for South Africa, but am not convinced it would be very different.

Are we just not being asked?

Or don't the media know who to ask?

Teryl @ Work
Aug 18 2015

While we celebrate the whole month as Woman's Month in South Africa, with numerous events and celebrations, it really is about August 9th, 1956 when approximately 20 000 women marched on Pretoria to deliver a petition to JG Strydom, the Prime Minister. (See extract in Notes)

Led by Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, some carrying the children of their employers on their backs, they stood in silence for 30 minutes, in a powerful objection to the "pass" that black South Africans had to carry at all times.

Teryl @ Work
Aug 13 2015

Yes, women are managing companies but do we still have our egos in domesticity? Readers, I have to admit I love to cook.

Yes, I am a pressure cook (not to be confused with a pressure cooker, which I have never owned. I nearly won one last year, but the alternative prize was a weekend away, and under serious pressure from my husband, chose the latter. It was nice to spend a free weekend in the Midlands, but it didn’t save the enormous amounts of cooking time that I hear a pressure cooker does…)

Back to being a pressure cook – it is a two part definition:

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