The Theme of International Women’s Day 2022 is #BreakTheBias
Women’s Day is a day to recognize that every single person brings their own strengths to the workplace, and we create a world where difference is valued and celebrated.
Over the years, InSync Training has grown to have more than 140 team members. And right now, more than 100 of them are women.
It turns out, InSync especially appeals to women. They tell me that they like the flexibility of being able to create their own schedules. Some work during the day. Some work very early morning, and some work overnight. This gives them the flexibility to take care of other things in their lives like children or parents.
It also provides the opportunity to work at home while maintaining a professional resume. The women especially appreciate the ability to identify ways to take care of everything they need in their lives.
But you know what? I also need to #BreakTheBias. I’ve learned that everyone, not just women, appreciate the same things. We want to take care of our families. We want to find balance. We’ve created a culture at InSync where that’s expected.
Maybe it was easier to do because we are a 100% virtual team. We don’t have the visual cues that insist we are different from one another. Appearance is not a core competency on a team like ours, so traits like gender and race are not obvious, so initial impressions are made on the quality of work, not in any pre-imagined stereotypes.
This team, every member of this team, are there for each other. It’s a collaborative team, that cares about the success of all its individuals. Which is amazing because we don’t work in the same place. Literally, everyone works from their own virtual office. But everyone still cares about supporting everyone else.
I think we probably have a bit of a different culture than if we were comprised of 100 men and 40 women. I do believe that women are capable of incredible things, but we, by nature or by nurture, bring a different perspective to the table.
Being able to enable women to be successful and to find their version of balance is one of the things I strive to do in my professional career.
This week we celebrate International Women’s Day. It’s a time to celebrate women’s unique strengths and recognize that women and men can be successful working together towards common goals. And we don’t need to be afraid to discuss those common goals. It’s a day to come together as people.
Fortunately for me, at InSync we do that every day.