IWD 2020 – Flow staff told ‘Break the internal glass ceiling’

IWD 2020 – Flow staff told ‘Break the internal glass ceiling’

What is your plan?  These four words were food for thought as Customer Care and HR consultant Dawn Richards recently spoke to Flow teams at Cunupia and Trincity Operation Centres, in commemoration of International Women’s Day 2020.

Speaking on the theme “Breaking our Internal Glass Ceiling on the Way to Generational Equality”, Richards said focus should be placed on internal growth in order to achieve professional and personal success.  “It’s a VUCA world.  It’s volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous.  That’s both outside and inside,” Richards explained. “Are we navigating well?”

“Change the psychological contract, if it’s preventing you from moving forward at an accelerated speed.  We are going to achieve whatever we want in our life,’” she told her audience, which also included men.  You must have a plan in order to achieve your success,” Richardson urged the audience. “It does not matter where you start in life, it matters how you plan to get to where you need to be.”

“The more you take charge, the less concerned you are with the glass ceiling,” she said.

Sharing with staff on the international theme #EachforEqual, Flow’s Country Manager Kurleigh Prescod said that “the strongest persons in my life are my wife and my mother”.

He noted that Flow is “proud to have a balance of gender in the organization, not just from a gender perspective but having the balance in terms of views”.  Pointing out that Flow has women leaders responsible for all its commercial, communications and financial activities; Prescod said ‘they drive the lifeblood of the organization.  Without such successful, enthusiastic, competent, capable and confident women we would not be the organization we are today”.

Also present at the session was Mrs. Teresa Wankin, Secretary General of the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organizations (CANTO).  As a CANTO member, Flow is seen as a proactive organisation, she said.

“We see you as a role model to elevate women,” she said. “People are promoted based on competency and capability.” She added she was pleased with Flow’s policy of parental leave for fathers as there are few companies that encourage balance of family life at home.