The influence of women in the labour market is hot topic for Women Work UK & Ireland, and so I was thrilled to learn that our very own Margot Slattery (Sodexo Ireland’s Managing Director and former Group Chair of our networking group) was on the panel at the Gender Equality Conference ‘Women’s Economic Engagement and the Europe 2020 Agenda‘, which was hosted at Dublin Castle in April this year.
A recent article in a tabloid newspaper took on the task of addressing sexual harassment in the workplace, identifying a young woman who had experienced it and revealing that she is now unable to go into work as a result of the bullying from other women and unwanted attention from male colleagues.
It was a fantastic platform from which to introduce yourself to strangers as it was openly acknowledged that we should all be doing it. No fear of saying the wrong thing or worrying people will think you are weird; or worse, rejecting you.
But not all events that we attend are conducted with such warmth and it can be a terrifying prospect to reach out to strangers in a totally new environment.
But does it have to be? Continue reading