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The Support to Ask For What You Need to Succeed

by Gabrielle Barton

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Today marks Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates 26th August 1920 when votes for women officially became part of the US constitution, a turning point in the history of the struggle for equal treatment of women and women’s rights.

At Space Executive, we are committed to equality and creating an atmosphere that values and encourages diversity of thought in our workforce, team and culture.

Our goal is to create an environment where these commitments, reinforced by our values, are embedded in our day-to-day working practices with all our colleagues, clients, candidates and partners.

Earlier this month, we caught up with Gabrielle Barton, Associate Director – Sales & Marketing Leadership & General Management to hear what this commitment means to her in her role at Space Executive.

Here’s what she had to say –

After returning to work as a mum of newborn twins and a very energetic toddler, I wondered if it was possible to continue on the same career trajectory I had been on before having children.

I knew that to continue to perform at the same level while juggling my workload and home life, I needed more flexibility and more allowances around my schedule and time-keeping.

While this was not at first easy to ask for or a comfortable conversation to initiate, I am lucky enough to work for a company with an understanding management team.

Being able to ask these difficult questions and have them responded to with understanding and sympathy has meant that I don’t have to sacrifice everything to be in a senior-level position and an active parent in my children’s lives.

  • Can I have a hard stop at the end of the day so I can put my children to bed at night?

  • Can we arrange our calls earlier in the day to allow for me to spend time with my children?

  • Can I have the flexibility to work from home where necessary?

  • Is it ok to book my children’s doctor’s appointment during office hours?

Where before I was concerned that my career would need to stagnate while I recovered from becoming a mum of three in just two years, I now feel optimistic and proud to work for a company that understands that productivity isn’t the result of a strict 9 – 5, but of the individual working productively and happily in a supportive and flexible environment.

A recent LinkedIn poll found that 80% of people view Flexitime and a Flexible WFH policy to be the most important benefit an employer can offer to support working parents. This was followed by 9% voting for childcare facilities at work, 6% for help with childcare finances and 5% for extended leave considerations.

pie chart with linkedin childcare poll results

At Space Executive, we provide all employees with the support they need to work flexibly around their childcare needs to give them the best chance of success. We work closely with individual team members to tailor our support provision to their needs, as we understand that everyone is different and requirements vary from individual to individual.   

Click here to learn more about our employee benefits >>

Gabby's focus is on hiring Sales & Marketing roles across the FMCG and Consumer Goods industry.  Typically mandates require candidates with both local, global and regional experience at Manager, Director and Senior Leadership levels.

Contact Gabrielle Barton - gbarton@space-exec.com today to find out how she can help you build your sales and marketing team.

In 2019, we spoke with Gabby about how she was finding the return to work after having her first child, click here to read more about this – Bossing it After Having a Baby >>