The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is to break the bias. We ask our colleagues what this means to them.
What is your name and what is your role at Yellow Door Energy?
My name is Rincy Jacob and I work as the Senior Procurement Manager at Yellow Door Energy. I have been a part of the YDE team since 2017. My role is identifying key vendors, strategizing and negotiating in order to acquire the most sustainable and cost-effective deals. I achieve that by reducing costs and ensuring quality, while in compliance with the organization’s standards, policies and procedures.
What does “Break the Bias” mean to you in terms of gender equality?
Irrespective of our gender, we are all designed to be unique and equipped with different skills, talents, and abilities. Your gender should not even be defining your capabilities or preferences as we are taught.
Rather than segmenting, or creating quotas for women, we need the people in power to be more inclusive and focused towards creating a nurturing environment. They need to be more open to changing times, and provide opportunities to individuals based on their skills, talents and abilities rather than their gender.
This issue would not be resolved by hiring more women in an organization, but by supporting a culture where women are considered equally capable & equipped to excel. Always appreciating and acknowledging their value. To me this would be “Breaking the Bias”.
What gender stereotypes have you faced in your career? How did it affect you?
I have had tough battles to deal with when it came to balancing my work and personal life. In the past, there were employers that I had worked for who never acknowledged my value or my personal commitments and asked me to work for longer hours.
More than the quality of my work, I was evaluated based on the long hours I had to put in, the weekends and family time I could sacrifice for work.
I am glad that today I am with an organization that values work-life balance and understands that it is not about the number of hours you put in, but more about the results you achieve.
How would you describe Yellow Door Energy’s culture regarding women in the workplace?
I am grateful that the work culture at Yellow Door Energy is supportive and collaborative, regardless of gender, race or nationality.
At Yellow Door Energy, we value individuals based on their skill set. When I first joined Yellow Door, all I asked was for an opportunity and that was whole heartedly offered. Our growing number and quality of women colleagues prove that we believe in women being capable to excel. I’d say that speaks for itself.
What advice would you give women who are seeking career growth?
There is a general mindset that as a woman you cannot excel in the corporate ladder if you have personal commitments. As a result, most women end up sacrificing their career in order to manage family. This is where we require change!
As a team player you need to be capable enough to bring your whole self to work to be productive and efficient. This may mean having a support system at home so you are not required to spend much energy coping with day-to-day affairs, so that both work and family life can be simultaneously managed well.
You may have to make lots of sacrifices along the way, no doubt, but it should be a collective effort as a family rather than having to bear it alone.
Secondly, you need to look for and work for leaders and employers who are vested in your success. It is important that they acknowledge your value and provide you a nurturing environment to perform.
Finally, never give in to challenges easily and always work hard with optimism and a sense of responsibility!View Full Press Release (PDF)