- Laura McKim listed in ‘Ones to Watch’ category
Mercer’s Laura McKim, has been named in the ‘Ones to Watch’ category of the 2017 Power Part Time List, a national roll call of the UK’s top men and women who work in senior, business-critical roles, all working less than five days per week.
The Power Part Time list, now in its fifth year, is compiled annually by Timewise joint CEOs and co-founders Karen Mattison MBE and Emma Stewart MBE, to create more role models, debunk the myth that you cannot deliver in a top job in less than full time hours, and change the conversation on how businesses recruit senior talent. This year, Timewise, has introduced the ‘Ones to Watch’ category, identifying 10 individuals who are already working flexibly in the mid-career stage, proving that it is possible to negotiate part time hours mid-career, as well at the top.
Ms McKim leads the UK Talent Strategy segment of the Career business at Mercer, advising organisations on driving individual and business performance and supporting them to face their most complex workforce challenges. Leading a team of almost 30 colleagues, she sits on the leadership team for Mercer’s Career business and is responsible for the newly acquired Sirota engagement business. Ms McKim is also responsible for winning new business and contributing to the strategic development of the practice, such as Mercer’s ‘When Women Thrive’ proposition. She started her career on the Mercer graduate programme, and returned to Mercer on a part time basis following her first maternity leave. Ms McKim maintained her working pattern after the birth of her second child, and has since been promoted to lead her segment.
“At Mercer we strongly believe in employing part-time and job sharing employees,” said Fiona Dunsire, Mercer’s UK CEO. “We also provide a flexible working policy with arrangements to suit employees including a “flex-time” schedule, job sharing, remote working and part-time working. At Mercer we know that not all employees are able to work on a full time basis, due to caring responsibilities for relatives or children, or employees who want to pursue further education or ease into retirement. We respect these life choices and aim to support employees wherever possible.”
Ms McKim said, “I’m delighted to have been included in the Timewise 2017 Power Part Time List. I firmly believe that the future of work is changing and that for organisations to build a diverse workforce to meet these challenges and lead into the future, driven by high levels of engagement and performance, flexibility is the way forward. ”
Timewise Joint CEO and judge Karen Mattison MBE, who led the initiative from the start said, “Laura and all winners from our top 50 and Ones to Watch category represent how work in the UK is changing, and offers us a glimpse into how jobs will be designed in the future. All it takes is an open minded employer who is prepared to try something new in a bid to hire or keep the best people, and an innovative solution is born.”
Notes to Editors
For the full list of this year’s 50 Power Part Timers and Ones to Watch, please visit Management Today www.managementtoday.co.uk and www.timewise.co.uk.
Mercer is a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments. Mercer helps clients around the world advance the health, wealth and careers of their most vital asset – their people. Mercer’s more than 20,000 employees are based in 43 countries and the firm operates in over 140 countries. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), a global professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and people. With annual revenue of $13 billion and 60,000 colleagues worldwide, Marsh & McLennan Companies is also the parent company of Marsh, a leader in insurance broking and risk management; Guy Carpenter, a leader in providing risk and reinsurance intermediary services; and Oliver Wyman, a leader in management consulting. For more information, visit www.mercer.com. Follow Mercer on Twitter @Mercer. In the UK, Mercer Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Timewise www.timewise.co.uk is a multi-award winning social business and leading change agent for the flexible recruitment market in the UK.
Experts in flexible hiring, with 12 years of experience, Timewise is led by founders Karen Mattison and Emma Stewart, who have been made MBEs and won a range of awards for their work (see below).
Timewise undertakes a range of activities to articulate the business benefits of quality part time and flexible work, designed to boost the number of jobs that are advertised with flexible working possibilities in the UK, and provides a range of advisory and recruitment services for employers.
The Group’s three business divisions include:
- Timewise, consultancy working with businesses to help them make flexible working a commercial success – sharing market insights, delivering training and consultancy and sharing research
- Timewise Jobs (www.timewisejobs.co.uk) the UK’s first national jobs board exclusively for roles which are part time or open to flexibility, with over 85,000 registered candidates
- Timewise Foundation, market making through sharing learnings with policy makers, opinion formers and employer networks. This public affairs work promotes the social and business benefits of quality part time and flexible work, aiming to influence both the mainstream recruitment market and public policy
Timewise’s work has been recognised by thought leaders, policy makers and the business community, including: Resolution Foundation, the Confederation of British Industry, the Greater London Authority, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Cabinet Office, the Recruitment Employment Confederation, the Chartered Institute for Professional Development and the British Chamber of Commerce.
Organisations that have advertised jobs through us, or used our consultancy service, include EY, Diageo, ITV, Sony Entertainment, Macmillan Cancer Support, McDonalds, EasyJet and more.
Karen and Emma have been named ‘Breaking the Mould’ award winners by the Institute of Directors (November 2014), ‘Women Changing the Business World’ by the IoD’s Director magazine (February 2014) two of the UK’s ‘Top 50 Radicals’ by the Observer and NESTA (Feb 2012) two of the ‘most exciting social entrepreneurs to watch’ by Real Business Magazine and named ‘Small Business Heroes’ by Management Today (May 2013).