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Wednesday, 8th March 2017
It’s International Women’s Day today - a day where we take the time to acknowledge the hard work that’s being put in by women every damn day and look at how we can ensure we live in an empowered, inclusive and gender equal world.
We’re known for bein’ bold 24/7 here at GP, so we hit up the GP Crew for advice on how they can #BeBoldForChange, what equality in the workplace means to them and how we can move equality forward.
Lisa: As a Junior Buyer, I work closely with our Menswear Buyers to hand pick items to place into our General Pants Stores.
Lisa: Working in Menswear especially, means that I’m given the chance to perform at my job to the best of my ability. Regardless of category, Menswear or Womenswear, I’m able to focus on key skills to strive for the strongest result for the business.
Lisa: Dignity, most definitely. We are extremely collaborative in the office. Ideas from buying translated to marketing which are then pushed down to our staff in stores. The dignity and respect in this allows each person to express ideas. Being in one department doesn’t restrict your input on areas that sit outside of your direct responsibilities. Everyone’s voice is valued and empowers us to make better decisions to achieve the most powerful message to our customers.
Lisa: I’m making bold decisions on the reg. Bold decisions for product in store, on styling and on a personal level too. GP are behind me and my decisions and make it an extremely comfortable and empowering environment to follow through on these. Whether it’s a conversation with our CEO, or even internal buying discussions, I’m never nervous to be bold.
Andrew: I help to execute all things digital, from email to broader online marketing.
Andrew: As a company, the IWD values that GP embodies the most are tenacity, respect and equality. At GP we have some outstanding female leaders, all of which fight for what they believe in both on a moral and business level, with a single mindedness that garners the respect of the entire company. Like all good leadership, not only does it shine through in the senior level, but it filters throughout the company, empowering women in our organization to achieve their goals with the same tenacity as their peers leading the way.
As should be the case in all organisations, gender is no factor at GP Co. Each and every team member respects the contributions of others equally, regardless of gender. This creates an environment for all team members to excel in, and this can be in large part attributed to our tenacious female leadership on all levels, along with the inclusive attitude of the company.
Andrew: By being a true champion of change. We accept the contributions of all team members equally. All team members across all levels are shown the respect they deserve, ultimately down to each individuals actions, without regard for status, gender or background. With outstanding female leadership, and leadership in general, GP celebrates equality by being a workplace that rewards individuals through their actions and achievements regardless of gender, colour or sexuality, while providing a platform for success that isn’t hindered by prejudice.
Andrew: It’s constantly evolving, especially at General Pants Co. Another of the IWD values that stands out to me is appreciation. As a witness to the tangible benefits of a progressive attitude to gender equality in the workplace, I can certainly appreciate the huge impact that the evolution of equal opportunity is having, even though we aren’t there yet.
Vigilance not just at work but in social circles to casual sexism is an important step in closing the gap. When I see what some people who might not appreciate the benefits of equality might think are acceptable attitudes towards change, I challenge them to take a look at their attitude from a different point of view. This is to educate them that we all need to exercise greater inclusiveness and empathy as society evolves into what we hope can be an equal footing.
Caroline: I look after 60 different stores and all aspects of the operations for those stores, working closely with all key departments and stakeholders at HO.
Caroline: Equality means there are no limits or judgements applied due to gender, physical ability, colour of skin or nationality. Everyone should be able to be themselves, no matter what their personal situation and aspire to achieve their goals the same as the next person.
Caroline: Respect – we all fully respect each other and ensure we treat each other as we would want to be treated. We have a great appreciation for each other and respect each other’s differences. We actively embrace diversity and have great empathy with each other; that is what makes the business such an inspiring place to work. Culturally we have such a great mix of people who all give a damn about the next person.
Caroline: One of our key values is being bold. We attract individuals that want to express themselves whether it’s through art, music or just having the guts to be different. We are still a small company, we listen to everyone’s opinion and actively seek feedback from all our team members. Some of the best ideas come from our store teams who give us the insight for making the business even greater. We cherish the great input and honesty from our store teams.
Brad: My role is to lead, manage, develop, inspire and motivate a young blooded individuals to achieve and exceed sales expectations.
Brad: I would have to say we embody quite a few, however appreciation stands out for me. Nothing we do as a team goes unnoticed.
Brad: We have a good balance of both male and female working within our stores and head office.
Brad: I ensure to empower all team members to be an individual and also be supportive of any cultural differences.
Every day we can make strides forward into closing the gender equality gap. See how else you can maximise your impact this International Women’s Day and work together to ensure a better world at the link below.MORE ABOUT INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY