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Posted on Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019
The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Balance for Better’, which focuses on the need to build a more gender-balanced world. At Hays, we support and value diversity in all forms—not just gender—and believe that a diverse workforce and inclusive culture are essential to business success. After 18 years at Hays, our Division Director Rachel Finan, tells her story of how she achieves balance both in her professional and personal life.
1. What are some ways you ensure there is balance within the office?
I help achieve balance at work by encouraging people to make optimal use of their time: working hard when we are busy, doing what is needed to keep consistency on our desks day-to-day and, when there is a rare lull in the work, using this time to set ourselves up for efficiency when it’s busy again. This can be anything from setting goals for ourselves to tidying our candidate target lists. We make sure we have fun while we work hard. This is the magic of working in a sales environment.
2. How do you lead by example?
I set an example by recognizing that people are unique. There can be a lot of heartbreak in recruiting. Some people choose to ride the roller coaster and feel all the highs and lows while others prefer to remain emotionally steady. I share a lot of my experiences to help people manage their emotions at work and to help them achieve inner balance.
As well, while I value my clients and try my best to be responsive, it’s also important for me to take care of my needs—and not be always glued to my phone. This is something I am still working on. Although I am available 7am to 10pm on the weekdays, I have been practicing not looking at my emails over the weekend and coming in on Monday with a renewed vigour having had a break for two days. I believe people’s fees and KPIs are a product of happy and satisfied consultants.
3. How do you benefit from balance both personally and professionally?
Balance enables me to participate in activities that gives me joy and pleasure outside of work. I’m less motivated by financial rewards than I used to be since I’m in a comfortable place. I now volunteer at a farm animal sanctuary every two weeks. Doing so presses my reset button and fills my cup full of joy, which I then share this positive energy with my colleagues and clients.
4. What motivated you to reach a leadership role in your career?
Being able to help other people succeed in their careers is something that I find incredibly satisfying. I have learned a lot—and am still learning—and I enjoy leading people down their own path of self-discovery. Sometimes I have really good information that I can impart where I became a natural coach because of my experience.
5. What advice would you give to female professionals who are starting out their career?
I’ve been in the industry for 24 years, and the world now is very different than when I started. As we’re closer than ever to gender equality, it’s important to find a partner who supports that balance. Gone are the days when a women’s primary responsibility is managing the house. The advice I would also give to young professionals is to learn about the world and have a clear understanding of your goals and motivations; doing so will steer you in the right direction. It’s very hard to achieve balance if you don’t recognize where you are and where you want to go.
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