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What do ISS employees think of IWD? #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter

We asked them... Here’s what they said...
“I am really looking forward to celebrating International Women’s Day today and taking the time to recognise the women in the world’s achievements but in particular those in our great organisation that really do make a difference in how we operate and how we perform as a business. 

This is a day of global celebration and a time to reflect on the changes in history that have got us to this point. Much progress has been made in the UK but there are still many countries where women working are the exception rather than the rule, or there is even the perception that women should only get to a certain position within a company. That must be challenged, and I hope that globally we as an organisation can be one of the best ambassadors for that change. #BalanceforBetter

Jane Jones - Managing Director – Business Services  

Nerina-Craciun-150v2“The use of these words in our workplaces helps to keep stereotypes and gender gaps in place through the use of gendered language. Who has heard this: ‘hey guys, welcome’ on a meeting opening? There is implicit bias and stereotyping in our language at work and I challenge each of us to examine our behaviours. Let’s swap out ‘he/she’ for ‘they’, lets opt for using gender neutral alternatives such as; ‘personnel’, ‘chairperson’, ‘team’, ‘everyone/everybody’. I would like ISS to be a lighthouse of inclusivity – I hope we all do”

Nerina Cracuin, Client Accounts 

"International Women’s Day is a chance for women to be recognised for their achievements. It’s also a day to accelerate gender balance within the workplace. 

We have come a long way since I commenced my apprenticeship as a gas engineer in 1990, yet there is still so much more we can do! We must continue to champion women’s voices and keep visible women’s achievements."


Michelle Chapman, Technical Operations (and former gas engineer) 

Matt-Brabin-IWD-150"We are striving to create a truly diverse and inclusive organisation and specifically we will continue to attract, retain and nurture are female talent.  Our aspiration is to accelerate the gender balance specifically in the boardroom and indeed throughout the organisation."

Matthew Brabin, CEO, ISS UK and Ireland

Mark-Price-150“The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work are still campaigning in this modern age to drive better Occupational Safety and Health in the workplace for women as they still tend to be in lower grade roles, with repetitive and less mobile jobs. We need not only to improve Women’s Occupational Health but also drive at the underlying root causes of this disparity.”

Mark Price, HSEQ and CR 

“I think it’s important to recognise women’s achievements not only throughout ISS but in our daily lives outside of work. Great effort and hard work can be missed, so we all need to try and make sure that women get as much credit as any other.”

Lewis Fitch, Commercial Finance 
 
Terrie-Williams-150“Women are often called ‘arrogant’ for showing a little confidence and making themselves noticed. Let’s show women that they are appreciated and acknowledge their achievements in all that they do.”



Terrie Williams, Soft Services Operations
 

“The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day around ‘balance’ resonates with me because as individuals we are not defined by our role alone.

Personal and professional skills are honed in many situations that collectively inform our character, identity and shape how we conduct ourselves and engage with others. We must be mindful as an employer of fostering an environment for every individual (this is not a gender issue) to reach their potential and to develop both within and outside the work setting. Over the years we have introduced more technology to support remote and mobile working. We have also promoted awareness around achieving a greater work life balance. 

Moving forward, as Leaders we need greater awareness and commitment to ensure our teams thrive and we retain talent.” 


Wendy Stowell, Strategic Commercial & Risk 
 
Elena-Zachariou-150“The ten values that guide International Women's Day are Justice, Dignity, Hope, Equality, Collaboration, Tenacity, Appreciation, Respect, Empathy and Forgiveness. These are values I also recognise and hold close to me as a mother of two young children and, as a Woman in the workplace: values that are welcomed and supported in ISS.” 

Elena Zachariou, UK and Ireland General Counsel 

“It’s important to promote an inclusive workplace to show that everyone is equal and has the chance to be what they want to.
“There are still very few female engineers and there’s no reason why this needs to be the case. We can all get the same technical qualifications and pay – engineering isn’t just a ‘male’ job, it’s a job for everyone.” 

Sarah Thorne, Fabric Engineer  

"Let’s fast-track gender balance. It’s not a woman’s issue – it’s the responsibility of everyone especially businesses so let’s make it happen."

Richard Johnston, Managing Director, Financial Services and Retail 

Stephanie-Hamilton-IWD-150"It continues to be my belief that by giving access and visibility to diverse role models and sharing people stories of achievement, we can continue to inspire others, or as I say it, you cant be what you cant see. Lets balance for better visibility of role models throughout media and our own organisation."
 
Stephanie Hamilton, Director of People and Culture

“The data scene has expanded rapidly and over the coming years will provide vast opportunity for all, regardless of gender. We have a responsibility to ensure that the same gender gaps do not appear as they have in other tech disciplines.  

“Not only is it morally and socially important to ensure that there are equal opportunities, but there are cognitive differences between the genders in terms of how information is perceived. Ensuring a gender balance in the industry also ensures that we get the best representation of our data world.”


Kim Jones, Data Analytics 

“Gender equality isn’t a secret campaign that’s ‘anti men’, it’s a chance to maximise the potential of each and every one of us to boost the economy and create a society where we are all seen as people – regardless of our gender. It’s a chance for us all to progress. 

“Overall, teams with gender-balanced management achieve operational, organisational and performance benefits. These include employee engagement, enhanced brand image, greater client and consumer satisfaction, increased organic growth, and an increase in generating profit.”


Sharon Copeland, Customer Experience 

"Anything is possible with the support of those around you – family, friends and colleagues and role models. Thank you to all of those people – both women and men, in my life who have helped me to be on the stage today."

Nithya Gopalakrishnan, Commercial Finance

"Thank you to all of the women role models who I have seen ‘smashing it’. I couldn’t have hoped for a better start to employment. Thank you ISS for giving me the opportunity, respecting me as an individual and valuing and investing in their people."

Ellen Potts, Graduate Trainee

“We strive for a balanced business within ISS, as this will make us much stronger to be able to achieve a broader range of successes through our business lives. Our leadership teams are committed attracting, developing and engaging with a more balanced and representative workforce. 
 
“As a dad to three girls, I am committed to helping them get as many chances in life as possible, through opening up avenues in all areas of business and industry. Better the balance, better the world.”


Darryl Watton, Technical Operations 

“Having an equally balanced gender representation in the workplace enables the business to attract more women into the workplace, as it will be perceived as the norm and not the exception. This will open up opportunities to women who never thought of having a career in our industry and the benefit to our business will be a bigger resource pool to draw on. This will potentially bring fresh ideas and new innovations − which can only contribute to ISS becoming the world’s greatest service organisation.

“Balance is not only important in the workplace but in all walks of life. Gender equality is accepted as the norm in society and therefore it should also be reflected in all workplaces, be it private, public or military, which now sees women on the front line.

“I believe it is important to mark this special day, as it helps keep the momentum going and makes us all challenge old stereotypical behaviours. It shows our youngsters that no doors are closed to them just because of their gender, empowering them to challenge any such behaviour that they come across in their chosen career path.”

 
Pamela Hardie, Technical Operations (and former Heating Engineer) 

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