What Brings Balance to the Lives of Speakap's Female Employees?

March 7, 2019 - 9 minute read

At the start of 2018, the number of females Speakap employed came to a grand total of four.

Today, one third of our workforce is female. To put this into perspective, that's a sign that we're taking diversity seriously as we continue to grow and add new employees. Would we like that ratio to increase? Absolutely. And it's something we envision will happen within the next 12-18 months, as we build and fortify our teams, expand the teams and focus on cultivating a smart, fun, collaborative and trusting culture and work environment.  

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Speakap was developed based on the belief that empowered employees create engaged workforces and great places to work.

To celebrate this coming International Women's Day, and more specifically this years theme of 'Balance for Better,' we asked our female employees (and they graciously accepted) to be the faces of Speakap across all of our social channels to openly discuss the role and value of balance in their personal and work lives.

Here's what some of the women of Speakap had to say.

DonataDonata Pereira, Customer Support

Lou: When do you feel most balanced in your life?

Donata: When I’m not working too hard, I’m sticking to my usual work hours and I have plenty of time to enjoy my private life.

Lou: How important is finding balance between your work and personal life? Do you make a conscious effort to maintain this?

Donata: I’m very conscious about this. For me, it's very important to maintain the contractual hours that you work. This has to do with your personal mindset, and also how many tools you have available to you on the job. I’m very conscious to make sure that I don’t work too hard, and do the things I really want to do in my personal life - travel, see my family and my friends, and have quality time with the ones I love.

Canev

Canev Cilek, Quality Assurance

Lou: How important is finding balance between your work and personal life? Do you make a conscious effort to maintain this?

Canev: Yes, I do. I’ve experienced not-so-great times in past workplaces, and I was once on the verge of a burnout. I consciously make an effort with small things, such as not taking my laptop home with me during the evening.

Lou: How has a previous employer, past or present, helped you achieve balance in your life?

Canev: They hired an inspirational coach who specialised in relieving work-related stress to help me find that balance. So that helped a lot. They covered the coach's fees and gave me time to invest into the coaching. It really was very nice of them.

Natalia

Natalia Harakka, UK Sales

Lou: What does being balanced mean for you?

Natalia: When I feel healthy, I feel balanced.

Lou: What makes you feel out of balance?

Natalia: I’m out of balance right now! When I’m in the middle of a photoshoot and I have to think about these questions!

Lou: How important is finding balance between your work and personal life? Do you make a conscious effort to maintain this?

Natalia: Well, the short answer is… absolutely yes. I’m aware of it, I think about it and it's about making time for activities like sports and staying disciplined by maintaining a schedule.

Marit_2Marit Stoop, Human Resources

Lou: When do you feel most balanced in your life?

Marit: I like it when I come to work, do my thing and leave my laptop here. This way I can fully focus on the things in life that are also important to me. I like spending time with family and friends, as well as practicing yoga. This keeps me balanced. I like my work a lot, but work isn't everything if you don't make the time to enjoy other things in life as well.

Lou: How has a previous employer helped you achieve balance in your life?

Marit: By giving me the option to make my own work hours, that was really helpful. Also by giving me the option to work from home from time to time. Being in a nice environment, where colleagues share the same values, really helps as well.

RaginiRagini Bhalla, Brand & Product Communications

Lou: What makes you feel out of balance?

Ragini: I’m a very passionate person and have been blessed to be able to build a career doing something I absolutely love. But when my expertise, insights and judgment aren’t valued or I am micromanaged to a point of utter inefficiency, that’s when I feel out of balance.

Lou: Do you make a conscious effort to maintain balance between your work and personal life?

Ragini: It wasn’t until I moved to Europe (London) that I finally realized and embraced the importance of finding a healthy balance between my work and personal life. For me, it has become critical and changed how I approach my work life. You don’t have to give up your own life to be successful in your career – that’s a lesson I’ve learned and remind myself every single day.

I make a conscious effort to do things outside work that bring me joy. It can be the smallest things – like taking a walk around the canals in Amsterdam. I’ve also promised myself that I will take more holidays and visit new countries at least 2 to 3 times each year. That’s something I try to stay true to.

Enasha

Enasha Pandya, Growth Hacker

Lou: What makes you feel out of balance?

Enasha: Nothing! I honestly feel happy with my life and where it’s going.

Lou: How important is finding balance between your work and personal life? Do you make a conscious effort to maintain this?

Enasha: Balance would mean a good order, a routine, where every action has its justified time and place. I feel most balanced when I’m organised with things that are in my control leaving space for the uncertainties to be dealt with more freely.

Lou: How has a previous employer, past or present, helped you achieve balance in your life?

Enasha: When the internal scales are out of whack due to personal issues. External factors don't skew the scales for me.

Suus

Suus Molenschot, Office Manager

Lou: When do you feel most balanced in your life?

Suus: I think after a good night sleep, and when my kids are happy, I’m happy and I’m balanced!

Lou: How important is finding balance between your work and personal life? Do you make a conscious effort to maintain this?

Suus: Yeah, I think it's really important! I always strongly believe in “work hard, play hard”. When the balance is good in the workplace, it makes everything else much more fun.

Lou: How has a previous employer, past or present, helped you achieve balance in your life?

Suus: Speakap is actually the first employer to offer me this. I think it’s because we’re such a great team - we have fun, and we all want to make a success out of Speakap. That's the most important thing here!

AnneliesAnnelies den Boer, Chief Human Resources Officer 

Lou: What does being balanced mean for you? When do you feel most balanced in your life?Annelies: When I’m not tired, because I’m getting enough sleep. When I feel physically healthy I always feel mentally healthy, so exercise, sleep and eating good food creates balance for me. It means I can do all the things I want to do, with enough energy!

Lou: What makes you feel out of balance?
Annelies: People who don’t listen, and who are not listening to each other, or to me. Or when there’s a real conflict not out in the open. I think I can always solve it, but if there’s something “in the layer” as we say in Dutch, and people don’t speak up that frustrates me and makes me feel out balance.  

Lou: How has a previous employer, past or present, helped you achieve balance in your life?
Annelies: Good question. I’d like to believe that Speakap, as an employer, creates a balanced life for our employees by initiating fun activities not related to their actual work, like sports and language classes. We don’t put a lot of pressure on working hours, we focus more on actual output. I know it’s kind of weird for me to say, because I’m the initiator of this workplace culture and I make these policies!


Happy International Women's Day to all of the women who bring balance to Team Speakap!

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Louise Blair

Written by Louise Blair

G'Day mate! All the way from "down under" Louise has joined Speakap to help businesses to build better relationships with their workforce. When she's not busy producing the Frontline podcast, you might catch her running... while listening to a podcast. (Disclaimer: she has never actually said "G'day Mate" in her entire life)