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What does this year’s theme ‘balance for better’ mean to our staff?

Friday, 8 March 2019

At Newcastle Permanent, we’re proud that almost three quarters of our employees and more than half of our managers are women.

We’re excited to celebrate International Women’s Day, and share what our staff believe ‘Balance for Better’ means and what they see for future generations.

This year’s theme ‘Balance for Better’ is an open concept that can carry multiple meanings depending on each person’s experiences. So firstly, we wanted to understand when balance has played an important role in our staff’s lives.

For Nicole, a Compliance Specialist, “Work life balance was one of my first key impressions when I started working at Newcastle Permanent. Within my first 12 months of the role I lost four grandparents, and one of them was overseas. I was so worried about asking on multiple occasions for the time off to go to their funerals but my manager was so understanding and supportive during this time and emphasised how important family is. Gestures like these illustrate the importance of work life balance within organisations and how much it can mean to staff.”

Ashleigh, Public Relations Manager
Ashleigh, Corporate Communications Manager
View what 'Balance for Better' means to our staff

Our staff are positive about the future for their children, like Simon, our Manager of Broker Origination, who says, “My kids are growing up in a world where they haven’t seen the historical differences based on gender. The future is much brighter for our future generations.”

Digital Marketing Manager, Mark, is hopeful his daughters will grow up with the opportunity to be whoever they want to be without any gender barriers or disadvantage.

Ashleigh, our Corporate Communications Manager, hopes that her daughters don’t even notice the differences between the demands facing men and women. “I want them to continue to advocate for change wherever it’s needed and to be the drivers of that change if no one else is. Whether they make the world better in a really local or personal sense, or for people all over the world, I want them to be active and powerful.”

Ashleigh agrees that balance is an important facet of any women’s life. The aspiration many have to achieve perfection in all their life roles is an unrealistic ideal for anyone. While this desire for perfection tends to be a uniquely female ambition, she says that no one of any gender or background can ever achieve perfection and this unnecessary pressure can have negative impacts. 

“Balance is a really helpful substitute for perfection, and if you aspire to it you’ll realise how much you can achieve, not how much you can’t,” Ashleigh said.

For Saxon, Implementation Lead in our project team, balance within the workplace is ensuring everyone has the same opportunities and the same respect to be heard, regardless of their title or gender. “I encourage all of those around me to step up, have a voice and be heard. It’s really important to speak up and back yourself, your voice is valuable and improves outcomes.”

We’re proud to support our staff on International Women’s Day in 2019 and for many years to come.

International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance. The first IWD occurred in 1911, supported by over one million people. Today, groups collectively across the globe celebrate this day, which is not bound to a specific country, group or organization.

This article is intended to provide general information of an educational nature only. It does not have regard to your objectives, financial situation or needs and must not be relied upon as financial product advice. Before you act on this information, you should consider whether it is appropriate for your circumstances. 

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