Male Perspectives on The Value of Women at Work is an exploration of the value women bring to the world of work – from the variety of perspectives of a rich diversity of men who highlight some of the things that women uniquely bring to the workplace. They also highlight challenges that impede women’s ability to realise their full potential – both at individual and systemic levels.
• For women, it provides a reminder of how valuable they are with insights into how to better navigate the world of work.
• For men it provides insight into the value women bring to the workplace and how to better engage with, support, and benefit from working with them.
• For those leading in the world of work, it provides insights into how policies, processes, and systemic structures in organisations and wider society sometimes create barriers to the full realisation of the value of women at work, with recommendations on how to overcome the barriers.
This all comes together to provide a framework to enable the full realisation of the value of women at work and a more balanced and productive work world for everyone.
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This book is a brave, insightful and at times an uncomfortable read in collecting together 30 narratives from men invited, as advocates of women, to articulate their own personal accounts of the value women bring to work and strategies for progress. Curated with a light structure, these individual conversations ebb and flow in a way that gives the reader a rare glimpse across so many voices; it is nuanced and hopeful. The book is not for those that want a top tips list or 4-box matrix model, it instead invites the reader to experience the novelty of a curated research journey. Popoola (2021) defends her single-gendered approach “if we want men to fully understand the challenges women face so they are able to more effectively provide input and support, we need to find ways of including them in the dialogue more”, and she suggests “reading with an open mind”. I have found this book informative in the context of wider reading and it has a place in the spirit of wanting to learn more and I attach below my recent favourite reads on this subject. (Cont’d)
Lisa Peach, FCIPD, FHEA, Group Head of OD & Leadership. Royal Free London, NHS Foundation Trust
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