Balance for Better
Posted on Friday, March 8, 2019 by Maire Gerrard — No comments
When it comes to success, the concept of balance is a recurring theme. Overdoing anything, regardless of whether it is intrinsically a good thing, can lead to problems. Most would therefore derive that a balanced approach to life is the best way for sustained attainment.
Not just applicable to our individual achievements, a balance of people and their relative skills and attributes applies to the bigger picture of business success too. At the core of this is the issue of gender, and for this reason the theme of International Women’s Day 2019 is ‘Balance for Better’.
Women are increasingly proving their value in all manner of workplaces. Following decades of being underestimated by their male counterparts, and indeed themselves at times, precedents have changed. According to Catalyst, there are more women on UK boards than ever before, with representation rising from 11% to 28% between 2007 to 2017 within FTSE 100 companies. Female entrepreneurs, politicians and managing directors are revolutionising workplaces for the better. Their hard work and determination have resulted in a shift in perceptions, with only a rapidly depleting minority still believing a woman would be less capable of any job than a man.
However, while attitudes have changed there is still a lack of gender balance in some industries. According to Forbes, only 25% of IT jobs are held by women while only 11% of the engineering workforce is female. While these figures are growing, there is still more to be done to encourage and assure women that they can succeed in these environments. Moreover, while the increase in the percentage of women on FTSE 100 boards is a huge step in the right direction, the ultimate goal has to remain an equal split.
Venn Group has experienced first-hand the benefits of female leadership, with our Chief Executive, Deirdra Moynihan being a crucial part of Venn Group’s inception in 2001. Her continued influence and direction provided has been instrumental to our rapid growth and success within the industry. As a meritocracy we reward purely based on performance and celebrate the successes of all. We encourage you to read more about the fantastic achievements of the women at Venn Group below:
Trailblazer – Chae Kelly
Laura de Ste Croix – Manager Promotion
Leah Holder promoted to Senior Executive Consultant
Sophie Powell – Third in the World at World Karate Championship
Our new Senior Manager – Lauren Skinner
Faye Taylor – Our newest Senior Executive Consultant
Francesca Gribben – Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant Promotion
Emma Walker promoted to Associate Director
Hannah Fritz-Lewis – Senior Executive Consultant in Legal