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International Women's Day

Mar 8, 2017

The impact of gender imbalance has long been a tale associated with social, economic, legal, business and engineering industries, where professional male dominance traditionally lies.

The changing dynamic of a woman's role in the workforce continues to shape the new professional landscape of today.

While considerable progress has been made in this area, the question remains: where do we go from here? How do we continue empowering women in their professional roles?

Flexibility
As a society, we are busier than we've ever been before. Busy lifestyles bring less time spent with loved ones, and missed opportunities to cherish family and friends. As General Manager of Jeunesse Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, I am aware of my responsibilities in setting the workplace culture, and encourage my team to work at their own pace, ensuring of course, all deadlines are met and the work gets done. A flexible working approach to allow for individual commitments and lifestyles is important to me.

This is the key to building women in professional roles. By assisting them in realising their potential in the workplace, we afford them the opportunity to achieve success while enjoying a healthy work-life balance.

Equality
The celebration of women and men working equally in the workplace is a significant milestone that as a society, we have worked exceedingly hard to commemorate. However there is still much work to be done.

Inequality has played a role in my career on a number of times. Yet here I am today, as General Manager of Australia, New Zealand and Fiji in a global billion-dollar company. I would say the key to rising above inequality is to remove yourself from it. There are so many wonderful organisations to work for where equality and respect is valued, and promotions and appointments are given on merit alone.
 
Trust
Trust is a tough one isn't it? No one wants to give it before it's earned, but how do you earn it when you're not given the opportunity? By appreciating we are all human, with our own ambitions and ideologies, we can learn to trust our colleagues and the role they play in our own career, and better understand how to work with each other. Women also need to give more credit to their own instinct or gut feeling. Trusting that inner voice will see more good decisions unfold, and more happiness come your way.

Women across all industries should celebrate themselves today on how much we have achieved and together, we can work towards a working world where all parties are equally valued and acknowledged.

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