Of course we’re not perfect, and we have more work to do to truly realize the culture of opportunity we want to foster. A recent LeanIn.org and McKinsey study shows that there are still significant gender equality gaps in the workplace. One of their findings showed that women and men think differently about work-life trade-offs involved in rising into the leadership ranks. Men and women say they’d like to be promoted at roughly the same rates, but there’s a difference between men and women when it comes to wanting to take top roles.
We understand people have an entire life outside of Workday, and that’s something we really value. People see colleagues pursuing outside passions or raising families, striving to be the best, fullest person they can be, while at the same time holding a leadership position at work, and it helps them to envision possibilities.
What advice would you give women in the process of looking for a new job with a great employer?
Find a company that will allow you to be yourself. A lot of times in job interviews, people are simply focused on presenting themselves in the best light possible. But it’s just as important to ask yourself, “Do I feel like I can truly be myself and be comfortable in this environment?”
When I started my very first job out of college, it became immediately clear it was not a place that I could be me. It was a very formal environment that didn’t value creativity and innovation. I was able to last nine months, but knew from the start it wasn’t a good fit. That would have been obvious through the interview process if I’d known what I was looking for.
Fortunately, I had the exact opposite feeling as I went through the process here before I joined Workday. From my very first interview I knew this was the place for me, and I’m thankful every day for the opportunity to work with such a tremendous team that is passionate about serving our customers and supporting each other.
Recommended reading: Workday’s Erin Yang: An Eye on the Big Picture.