London International Women's Day Panel
For International Women’s Day, Impellam brought together employees from around the world in our London office. We shared our thoughts and reflected on inclusive workplaces in a session supported by Emily Esfahani Smith, the author behind the ground-breaking book ‘The Power of Meaning’.
Over the last few years, many of us have had our lives turned upside down by global events that according to Emily’s research, have made sources of happiness an increasingly scarce resource. Emily’s work suggests that happiness is a fleeting source for wellbeing, and that ‘meaning’, the connection we have to others, can inspire a more stable foundation for resilience and success.
At SRG, we want to reignite our people’s sense of meaning, belonging and enthusiasm at work in an authentic, meaningful way.
Our panel delved into some of the pillars behind finding meaning in the workplace as women, and how the world of work can better facilitate equality and fairness.
Led by Jemma Pritchard Smith, Innovation Lead, the panel features:
- Kelly Morton, STEM Portfolio CEO
- Hayley Klaff, STEM Director of Projects
This is what they had to say…
Kelly: As a leader, I’ve always veered away from a hierarchal approach. I don’t want to be inaccessible to people. I believe that a responsibility to manage people goes alongside a responsibility to be honest. I believe in a culture of radical candour, by actively communicating the truth, you can help people practice their role in a more thoughtful way and set them up for success.
Doing this across the organisation means carving out equal opportunities for growth, opportunities and progression for every employee – rather than solely for those individuals that feel confident enough to seek progression.
If you could give one piece of advice to women in the workplace, what would it be?
Kelly: I would advise you to be the best version of yourself, not a second-rate version of someone else.
Hayley: Keep striving and pushing, it’s important to know that when you try new things – you can fail and sometimes failing is when we learn the most. If you try and stay in your comfort zone, you’ll never learn what could be, so never be afraid of failure.
Jemma: It’s not important what anyone else thinks of you, you can only beat the person you were yesterday – that’s who your competition is.
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