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Before Convincing Employees that Women’s Initiatives are Worth Their Time, Convince Their Leaders

Busy. Overwhelmed. Buried under work. Treading water. Barely surviving.

These are phrases that we hear our friends (and ourselves) use on a regular basis when we discuss our jobs. When we combine the stress we feel at work with our personal responsibilities outside of the office, it can often feel like too much to juggle. More organizations than ever are trying to serve their female employees through women’s initiatives, many of which aim to help tackle the constant state of “overwhelmed” that many women are stuck in. These initiatives have the best intentions, and even call in outside resources to plan amazing programming for their female workforce. However, organizers still tell us that one of their biggest challenges in getting women engaged is convincing them that women’s initiatives are worth their time– time that, as we know, is a precious and limited resource.

Women’s Initiatives: When do you need a women’s initiative?

What are the signs that your organization might benefit from an organized women’s group? It might be a formalized employee resource group (sometimes called “ERGs”) or a more informal “affinity” group, but the needs typically fall into a few categories.

(formally) Introducing Our New Workshop Projects

Over the past several weeks our wonderful intern Taylor has been highlighting the new additions to our workshop project offerings on Instagram, but we thought it might be time for a formal introduction. Our four new projects were designed with a diverse set of customers in mind, and a diverse set of circumstances. Our goal for these products was straightforward: We wanted to create offerings that were relatively gender neutral, accessible for all levels of ability, and most importantly, usable and practical.

Women’s Initiatives: What are they?

A women’s initiative can go by many names—a women’s group, a women’s network, a women’s employee resource group, affinity group, or a company-branded network name. While different names may mean slight variations in structure, they all have the goal of bringing together individuals (yes! both women and men) in an organization.