International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Shed Boss Fleurieu is committed to providing career opportunities for women, and being a leader of change in the workplace to achieve gender balance.
What does the 2019 International Women's Day Slogan #BalanceforBetter mean for you in your workplace?
Di: "Being treated the same as you would everyone else"
Narelle: "It's about treating males and females with equal status and value. It’s important that everyone is given a fair go, without limits based on stereotypes or gender bias. Also, I think it’s important for everyone to challenge the bias or assumptions that are often made towards women in the construction industry"
What are your greatest achievements?
Di: "Being a full-time Mum and full-time worker and successfully balancing the two"
Narelle: "Successfully finding my feet in the construction industry. Having previously worked in Corporate Finance, working in the construction industry is different from any other job I have ever had. Managing a team of 5 men as well as contractors is a big job, I am not afraid to ask questions and I am always willing to admit I may not know the answer but I will find it. I am proud that my team is able to come to me with queries or concerns, and they trust that I will make it happen"
How important is it for women to lift each other up & what does that mean to you?
According to The Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s 2016-2017 scorecard: 11.7% of Australia’s construction workforce is female, 88.3% is male; Just 1% of construction tradespeople are women and 86% of construction managers and professionals are men.
Di: "We all have to be here for each other, we need to bring the best out in each other. People thrive on positivity and good morale. Supporting each other is important"
Narelle: "It is vital for women to lift each other up. I am the first one to straighten another woman’s crown and move on to let her do her thing, silently cheering from the sideline"
What message/advice do you have for women thinking about their careers?
Di: "Do what you love, then you don’t have to work another days' work in your life. If its something you really want to do, bite the bullet and go for it. Be proud of yourself"
Narelle: "If you have your heart set on something go for it!! Don’t let negativity get to you. Find a business mentor that fits in with your aspirations that you can go to for sound advice. Believe in yourself and keep your head and standards high. Don’t give up"
Who is your biggest female influence?
Di: "My mum is my biggest influence, she tackles things head-on. She is strong and believes that you can do whatever you put your mind to"
Narelle: "I am strongly influenced by many inspirational women, I gravitate towards those who have a “get up and go” attitude, and who also challenge assumptions"
What are your goals for the future?
Di: "To successfully manage my business so I can retire at a young age"
Narelle: "First and foremost is to be the best Mum I can be to my 3 kids by teaching them to believe in themselves and to reach for the stars. Career-wise, I want to continue learning and growing in the construction industry and to be the best Operations Manager by continuing to kick goals and go above and beyond for our team, suppliers and clients"