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Let’s welcome millennial women into the workforce

Women are in the spotlight this month, which makes it an appropriate time to consider the aspirations and progress of young women in the workplace. These millennial women, born between 1980 and 1995, form the leadership pipeline for the future. By 2020, they are expected to make up one quarter of the labour force. Currently between 19 and 34 years of age, these women have very different approaches to the world of work compared to their predecessors. It's time the corporate world took notice of them.

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The glass ceiling for women at work is a myth

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We know about the glass ceiling in business. It foxes us into thinking that we can reach great heights but when we 'reach it', it stops us. Many women at work feel that this glass ceiling will stop them some time in their careers simply because of their gender. Not true, says Nerina Visser: head of beta and ETFs: global markets at Nedbank Capital. She says the glass ceiling is a myth, a creation existing solely in the minds of women, and it is as easily shattered as it is created. So how can this barrier to success be destroyed?

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Women at work: Face your greatest fears!

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As a woman in an entry-level job, I feel that I have quite a way to go before I hit the proverbial 'glass ceiling' yet, I still have fears that I believe prevent me from reaching my full potential in the professional world. Looking to tackle these, I recently spoke with Paul Nyamuda - psychologist, executive coach, motivational speaker and owner of Corporate Legends – to find out what the typical fears of women at work are and how we can face these.

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How to create low-stress work environments

Life today is filled with struggles to manage personal life challenges, meet deadlines at work along with various frustrations and demands that could leave people feeling overwhelmed. In attempting to manage all these demands, people tend to experience stress and this has become part of everyday life. Stress isn't always bad – in small dosages as it can motivate people to perform under pressure. However, when one constantly experiences extreme levels of stress, the impact on mind and body could be devastating. This means that it's crucial to learn how to cope with stress.

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Deliver business value through projects

Keeping a company on the rails is hard. Though an organisation might be singular in business vision, it comprises a myriad of expectations, approaches and deliverables. Like a colony of ants, a company may have one overarching purpose but that alone is no guarantee that everyone won't 'just do their own thing'. Among insects this is called a 'hive mind'. In a company, if this can't be sustained, the more apt word would be 'disaster'. What is the best way to keep the momentum going in a company?

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