I’m sometimes torn when it comes to awards such as the Best Workplace for Women. Are they really needed? What makes a workplace better for women?
I was at the awards ceremony last year where Ian Martin was recognized as one of the 25 Best Workplaces in Canada for Women, and it was a great honour to accept the award. We also recently received this great letter from the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women Canada congratulating us on the award. Since this award is based on surveys that employees complete themselves, it made me feel proud to work for a company where women employees rank Ian Martin very high on Trust, Pride and Camaraderie.
But what makes Ian Martin such a great place for women to work? I reached out to some of my colleagues that have been working here for a while and this is what they had to say:
“Whether you are working at the Head Office in a group of ten or in a remote office far away as an army of one, you are always made to feel welcome and seen as a valuable part of the team.”
– Kim Black, Kitchener Branch
“From what I have observed is that women have the same opportunities to be recognized and advance as men – that there is no “old boys’ club”. People earn positions based on merit. In addition, I feel it is a respectful culture – where remarks/jokes that would make a woman feel uncomfortable or embarrassed are not at all welcomed.”
– Roma Thorlakson, Winnipeg Branch
“Ian Martin Group is a great place to work all around. I think it’s a great place to work whether you are a man or a woman because the factors that make this place great are universal – an inspiring purpose, freedom to act and be creative, great leadership.”
– Luz Iglesias, Oakville Branch
What I soon realized, is that it’s not that the company is treating women any different, or has any specific programs in place for women that makes it a great place to work. It’s actually the opposite. It’s that women are treated exactly the same here, and that the high level of respect that we have for each other at Ian Martin transcends gender, race and any other difference that we may have.
I personally always want to be in an environment where I’m successful because of my hard work, and not because a quota needs to be reached. This is a place where all employees have equal opportunity to succeed and contribute their talents.