Women CEOs more likely to be fired? Here we go again

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Women CEOs are more likely to be fired, according to a report by Alison Smith in the Financial Times*. Consultancy firm Strategy& carried out a study of 2,500 businesses over ten years, and found that two in five female CEOs had been fired, whereas only three in ten (27%) male CEOs had been let go during their tenure. The study ...

Office Mum stories – Sinéad Crowley

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“I have guilty moments, I think most mothers do. Fathers tend not to, which is interesting; most men I know are pragmatic about it. Work has to be done, bills have to be paid” This week’s Office Mum interview is with Sinéad Crowley; journalist, RTE Arts and Media correspondent and mother of two. A self-confessed internet ...

Swapping paper plates for customised mugs: Colorines Wonderful

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For two weeks last month we were kitchenless. Two weeks of paper plates, cereal spills, microwaved mashed potato and washing dishes in the bathroom. Then finally, we got our kitchen back, except it was bigger and brighter and not falling apart. And very aptly, on the first day that our new kitchen was open for ...

A sleep through the night spell (from the toddler’s floor)

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I'm writing this intro from the floor of my toddler's bedroom. He's sort of asleep, but not quite. I'm safe to have my phone switched on, but it's not yet time to sneak out of the room. I know this because I have been doing it every night for the last three months. Since we ...

Bring back play (and maybe some more sun…)

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Statistics from Safe Food show that Irish children are not getting enough physical activity: four out of five kids get less than the recommended sixty minutes per day.   It's hard to pay attention to all the statistics that are sent out over the airwaves. We often switch off - we can't fix everything, we can't possibly get ...

So, is the Easter Bunny a thing?

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It's Easter Bunny time again. Or not, as the case may be. I've asked around, as I do every year, confused mammy that I am: Does the Easter Bunny come to your house? And the answers, though varied, usually have a similar theme: We didn't have it when we were kids but my kids seem to have heard about it ...

Why do women step back from their careers?

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Ambition. Motherhood. Not always easy bedfellows. When women become mothers, they often see that career progression is hampered. Sometimes because they want flexibility and are therefore seen as less suitable for promotion. Sometimes even without seeking flexibility, they are put on the mommy-track, on the assumption that they're less interested in work. But often, the career progression is ...

Why do working mothers keep saying yes?

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I'm not great at saying no. And I have some colleagues at work who are not great at saying no. And some good friends who don't say no to their bosses easily. We have something in common - we are all parents - all working mothers. We all work, and are paid for, part-time hours. And most of us ...

Office Mum stories – Joanna O’Sullivan

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“Yes, the world doesn’t see fit to give me money for looking after my children but it is my job and I’m doing it very well 😉 (My children are not available to give references). But yes, I do miss paycheques” I meet Joanna O’Sullivan for this week’s interview;  she runs Joanna's Little Shop and writes ...