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Celebrating Women Around The World

“The most notable fact our culture imprints on women is the sense of our limits.  The most important thing one woman can do for another is to illuminate and expand her sense of actual possibilities” – Adrienne Rich

On the 8th of March, 1908 15,000 women gathered in New York to march for women’s working rights, previously known as International Working Women’s Day. Today we call this day International Women’s Day. Nearly 110 years has passed since this march for women’s rights. As women we have came along way, but we still have a long way to go!

“Despite aspirations for more women in senior leadership roles, progress over the last 10 years has been slow. While in 2011-12 women represented close to half of the labour force as a whole (46%), and 45% of Professionals, women remain under-represented at senior levels within both the private and public sector.” – Australian Bureau of Statisics

Flexibility, when it comes to decision making and clear communication are just some reasons why women excel in leadership roles. Female leaders are renowned for being able to break down barriers through empathy and understanding; inspiring change within their teams they make great role models and positive influencers, especially in female dominated industries.

Running a company is a function of leadership, not simply gender. My goal has always been to create an inclusive and diverse workplace that exceeds expectations through creative recruitment solutions.  I have endeavored to lead by example, be a role model and believe in people. A role model? I lead by my ethics, values and pride. I was 25 years old when I started PKL Recruitment and I will never forget when I went to my bank manager to discuss my business plan.  He told me I was dreaming, 75% of small businesses went broke in their first year. PKL is still going strong 21 years later!  

Don’t be afraid to go outside your boundaries, failure is success in my eyes. Believe in yourself, your capabilities and your worth. Share your experiences and support other women through encouragement, mentoring and camaraderie. Anything is possible you just have to find a way to make it work. 

Seven years into running my business, I added a logistical challenge and moved 500kms from my head office when I married my husband who is a farmer. As a distant MD and mother of two young children the business continued to flourish as a result of collaboration and empowering my then, all female management team to step up and let them take the lead. 

Celebrating International Women’s Day and progress towards gender parity acknowledges the significant impact women make in business and our community.  We each have an important role to play in inspiring change amongst our peers and encouraging the younger generations to do the same. 

 

How are you supporting women in your community?

Sources: https://www.internationalwomensday.com https://unwomen.org.au 

 

About the Author – Phoebe Lane
Phoebe Lane is the Founder and Managing Director of PKL Recruitment. Phoebe founded PKL Recruitment in 1995 with a vision of creating meaningful differences to the lives of candidates and clients. PKL Recruitment is focused on producing high quality placements that benefit both the candidate and the client. Contact Phoebe today via LinkedIn or phoebe@pkl.com.au.

Can Mums Really Have It All?

Have you been thinking about returning to work?

Is your maternity leave almost over or are the kids getting to the age where full time school is just around the corner?  You’ve decided it’s time to get back into the workforce once again or even for the first time in your career.

The decision to return to work doesn’t have to be stressful. There are workplaces ready to welcome you and discuss flexible working arrangements which can be very exciting!

From one mum to another, here are some pros to returning to work:

Flexibility: part-time and flexible working arrangements can offer the opportunity to balance your professional career and responsibilities at home.

Career continuity: whether you return to work in your previous role, or begin in a new organisation or professional path altogether, flexible working hours offer consistent career development, improving your future career growth opportunities.

Satisfaction: being around adults and having the opportunity to socialise with colleagues and be part of work events and projects will be exciting. Some mums may also feel motivated to be financially independent. Having a steady stream of income will provide a sense of achievement and the ability to plan for the future!

When having the conversation with your manager, remember that doing what’s best for you and your family is important and realising that with forward planning and an open dialogue of expectations with the team, you can have the best of both worlds. 

Are you ready to take the step into a flexible working routine?

About The Author – Lauren Stuckey

Lauren Stuckey, Senior Recruitment Consultant, has been with PKL Recruitment since 2009 and currently managing a temporary desk. Having had two maternity breaks between 2013-2015, she would be happy to discuss how PKL Recruitment have worked to build a flexible working relationship to support her successful work and home life.

Perfect The ‘Balancing Act’ And Integrate Your Work And Personal Life

Advice on how to successfully manage work and personal life.

Work-life balance is a concept that we hear almost daily. It means different things to different people, with the common conversation based on achieving the infamous ‘balance’. 

But is work-life balance really achievable? 

Although it can be challenging, it is achievable to live a balanced lifestyle where both work and personal commitments are successfully managed. The difficulty in pursuing work-life balance may lie in the use of the word ‘balance’ to describe the situation. The word ‘balance’ implies a precarious juggling act with the slightest wrong move tipping the whole situation into chaos. 

Would ‘integration’ be a more appropriate word to describe managing work and personal commitments?

Integration reflects two or more aspects working together to achieve a common goal rather than a risky, balancing act that can sometimes be an uncontrollable seesaw relationship.

If you think of the situation as integrating two of the most important realms of your life, it may help you in successfully achieving ‘balance’. Integration encourages initiative and making deliberate choices. 

The key to success in work-life integration is deliberate choices. This means making sometimes challenging decisions of what opportunities you will pursue and what you will decline in order to successfully manage work and personal commitments. 

I’ve spoken with our recruitment consultants, who have integrated a successful career and personal life and here is some advice as to how we integrate our work and personal life at PKL Recruitment. 

Define what success looks like for you

What does success mean to you? Do you rely on objective metrics such as your job position, financial security or providing the best you can for your family? Or do you focus on the subjective, such as the satisfaction of solving challenging problems at work, the joy of collaborating with a clever team, or how happy you are at home?

It is important to understand what success means to you. It will never be a concrete idea. Your success will most likely change and evolve as your life changes with new roles or changes to your personal life. 
With your definition of success, you will begin to find it easier to prioritise the activities that will help you reach your goals and those that are not productive and may cause unnecessary stress or pressure. 

Build a plan and schedule time

One of the common activities that our recruitment consultants do to help them integrate their work and personal lives is planning. Planning your day and week is crucial to managing your time and will give you the opportunity to say no when needed. 

A flexible calendar with scheduled work and personal events such as client meetings, gym classes and regular exercise, reading time or dinner with friends is a great habit to manage your time. It will give you clarity as to where you are spending most of your time. If events are scheduled and planned, there is a higher likelihood that you will attend and successfully manage all your commitments. 

Proactive scheduling of both work and personal events allows you to plan time to recharge and enjoy life. Once you have focus and clarity in your schedule, you may even notice a reduction in stress levels. 

When we think about effectively integrating work and home life, it can be difficult. Life happens and plans can change, altering schedules and allocated home or work time. To achieve integration and successfully manage your commitments, flexibility is the key. Be flexible at blending your work and personal lives and you may eventually find that these two components of life aren’t so separate after all. 

So what are you waiting for? Start making deliberate choices, defining success, planning and reward yourself today!

About the Author

Rachel Stefanovski is the NSW State Manager for PKL Recruitment, leading the NSW business support and onsite divisions. Rachel takes great satisfaction in setting a strong and motivated team culture through engaging with intelligent and driven recruitment consultants. 

If you would like more information about PKL Recruitment and to explore your opportunities as a recruitment consultant, contact Rachel today via LinkedIn or rachel.stefanovski@pkl.com.au.