Mary Brinton, a sociology professor at Harvard University, says workplaces “need to adapt to the whole person” if they are to achieve gender equality. What does this mean?
We work with schools and nonprofits that focus on inspiring individuals to achieve their full potential. We help them craft messages that highlight this whole person philosophy. We talk the talk.
But do we walk the walk?
We try! Our team at Your People strives to see the “whole person” by building our mission on the duality of freedom and connection, working remotely, with flexible hours, while coming together around a vision of what it can be like to wrap words around mission.
In 2014, Founder/Chief Creative Officer Lynne Golodner made the strategic decision to let go of a physical office space in favor of sunlit spaces in our own homes. We meet around a dining room table, not an austere conference room, to fulfill that needed connection and realign with the purpose of our work.
But then we return to our home offices and coffee shops, deciding when we work so that we can juggle relationships and other pursuits that give our lives meaning. Being able to choose when and where we work brings the “whole person” balance closer.
This month is all about women. International Women’s Day was March 8th, and the entire month is devoted to the history of women. We are living in a time when women are speaking up and speaking out, striving for equality in salaries and opportunities, striving to be heard as much as to hear. Women are outpacing men in education.
That said, we prefer to view this discussion without a gender lens. We see people and possibilities, not genders. We see opportunities and wisdom not tied to a particular individual.
Together, as a team, we increase the possibilities for success and innovation.
Together, as a society, we increase the likelihood for fulfillment and progress.
This year, the theme for International Women’s Daywas #BalanceForBetter– a focus on gender balance for a better working world. Better gender equality actually improves business results and quality of life for all people, as it helps to break down stereotypes.
Countries with good gender equality – both at work and at home – reduce the need to choose between career and family. And that’s what we want to focus on: the possibility of people, not genders, to share the responsibilities of our world and our workplaces. We can have it all – just not all at once.
The very notion of balance means to stand firmly in the middle without leaning too heavily to one side or another. Think of straddling a seesaw – you don’t want it to go down too much or up too much, lest you slip and fall.
When we talk about balance, we are really talking about having everything in good measure. Time with children in the early morning, before everyone leaves for their day. Time with self in meditation or with a steaming cup of coffee before the workload starts in full force.
Time with a client uninterrupted.
Time to create strategy, to craft message.
Time to eat soul-nourishing food.
Time to read a blog.
Time to listen to an inspiring podcast on your commute.
Time to run a mile before the sun sets.
Time to saute onions and garlic with broccoli and steam rice on the stovetop for dinner. Time to unwind with a glass of red wine or a steaming mug of tea. Enough time to sleep, to restore energy for a new day ahead.
Balance is really about fitting everything in, not having it all at once. We must remember that, if we are to achieve true balance to better everyone’s position.
It is important that we not only talk about better balance, but that we, as employees and employers, also live it. It must be rooted deep in our conversations, our actions, our policies and processes, our planning and accountability. We must demand it both for ourselves, and of ourselves.
Through better balance, we make meaning throughout our days and nights. Better balance reduces barriers to meaningful employment.
What are some of the ways you find balance, both at home and at work? In what ways do you drive #BalanceForBetter, either as an employer or as an employee? Drop us a line.
This month, we explore the theme of balance through stories of relationships and higher purpose. Check out our new blog here. Listen to some inspiring women sharing their stories of meaning and purpose on our podcast, Make Meaning.