International Women’s Day is around the corner! March 8th, the day is empowering women and celebrating them and their efforts to make the world a better place to live in and a day that marks a critical moment for the movement for women’s rights. On such a day, mane offices and organizations look for innovative and interesting women’s day programs to celebrate their women employees and make them feel special. Though they have already made it better by employing huge womenfolk in the workforce and diminish the gender gap in society, they also look forward to making the International Women’s Day a productive, positive as well as a memorable day.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY THEME FOR 2020
The International Women’s Day theme for 2020 is #EachForEqual which highlights on how each individual can join in on the march towards equality. Here, we bring to you specific ideas which will make the event a memorable and beautiful event for everyone:
ORGANIZE TED TALKS FOR MOTIVATING WOMEN
Women, at present hold significant leadership positions across the globe. There have been many instances where womenfolk have raised their voices and stood up to the challenges of society. Just listening to these instances can be ever inspiring and motivating for other women and would spread positive energy across the organization. In such a case, the organization can organize Ted like talks bringing in inspiring women to narrate their real-life stories.
INITIATING UNDER CSR FOR WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT
For boosting an organization’s commitment to its women employees, it can start a programme under the CSR wing for women’s empowerment. It can be any program that benefits the womenfolk and give them additional schemes or benefits through CSR. It can be a skill-building or capital investment initiative to provide to the womenfolk who have entrepreneurial abilities and want to launch a local business. These initiatives would empower not only women but also benefit their families. If the organization already has such schemes, they can be evaluated and highlighted in terms of the program’s outreach and impact.
COMEDY EVENING FOCUSED ON WOMEN’S THEMES
Comedy live shows are a rage nowadays! And everyone loves humour, be it women or a man. The organization can organize a comedy show evening with comedy hosts bringing in laughter for the employees. The comedy show can be focussed on women’s themes, like the issues they face every day as a homemaker, worker or any role they play. A well-portrayed comedy evening on women’s theme in a hilarious take is sure to tickle the funny bones of many.
FITNESS AND HEALTH PROGRAMS AT WORKPLACE
Nutrition, fitness and health are vital for all, even for a woman. An organization can organize nutrition, health or a fitness session for its women employees to celebrate the International Women’s Day differently. They can also pitch in a nutrition expert or a caregiver to give a talk and consultation session about healthy and stress-free living. Often, women fail to prioritize their health while taking care of others and looking after their family. As such, it takes a toll on their mental and physical health. A session like this will make them feel good and focus on their health.
GENDER DIVERSITY PROGRAM BY THE ORGANIZATION
Organizations nowadays believe in gender diversity and have vast quantities of excellent and prolific women working in their office. An innovative way of celebrating the International Women’s Day would be to highlight this gender diversity. The organization can hold a motivational talk by the women employees who have influentially contributed to the development of the office. They can also highlight presentations and achievements of the organization to bridge the gender gap in office. This program can also be an opportunity for the organization to highlight the initiatives it has taken to increase the involvement of its women employees in the workforce.
MEN ADVOCATING CHANGE
The programs meant to celebrate International Women’s Day need not be only about women supporting change and men being mute spectators! They can also take an active part in these programs! The organization can hold an interactive session where the male employees stand up and share one inspirational story about women who might have changed their lives or any inspirational story about women they have witnessed in their life.
International Women’s Day need not be only about talks and sessions, and they can be about having fun too! A sport like a cricket match or football can be held for both the women and men. It doesn’t matter which side won the game, the motive is to have fun to the fullest! One can also include different variations to the game format to make it more fun and enjoyable.
There are various ways of celebrating International Women’s Day. However, the prime objective is to focus on gender equality and cherish the progress and influence women made across the globe.
International Women’s Day
Our mission here at Reward Gateway is to make the world a better place to work, which aligns nicely with this year’s campaign, #BalanceforBetter. When considering ways to celebrate International Women’s Day at work, it’s important to team up, brainstorm and get the creative energy flowing.
In my role as Experience Manager here at RG, I worked with the others on my team to determine ways to celebrate in our offices around the globe. There are countless ways to get your employees involved and excited. To get you started, here are five ideas for celebrating International Women’s Day at your own organisation.
1. Ask everyone to wear purple
Keeping with the theme of purple, ask all of your employees (both male and female!) to wear purple in support of the day. This is a day that focusses on inclusivity and balance – wearing purple is a super easy (and effective) way to set the tone in the office.
It’s especially powerful if your Leadership Team and senior managers dress the part and show their support for the day to create the environment for balance. Use this day as an opportunity and conversation starter to help you begin to create balance among leadership teams. Just take it from our own CEO, Doug Butler, who’s proudly wearing his purple and setting the standard for others in the organisation to do the same.
2. Decorate the office
A surefire way to get your employees in the celebration mode is to decorate your office in purple (one of the colours of International Women’s Day). Put inspirational posters around the space, place purple balloons on tables or create your own mood board. You could even have a gathering the night before and make these decorations in groups as a way to encourage team bonding.
At Reward Gateway, we use our employee engagement platform to showcase important blogs and moments that happen within the company. We use it as a communication tool to remind employees about specific themes or initiatives that are going on – like the importance of International Women’s Day.
When someone in the company goes above and beyond to support a particular cause, we want to showcase that. For example, one of the Experience Managers in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Ivo, shared a photo of himself holding a branded sign, wearing his purple and showing his support. To increase visibility and spread the message, we not only share it on our platform, but also integrate our platform with TVs around the office so everyone feels more connected to Ivo and International Women’s Day.
3. Take pictures to share on social
The International Women’s Day website encourages people to share their #BalanceforBetter and #IWD2019 photos on social media and spread the message. With the theme of balance, people are encouraged to stand with their arms up and mimic a balance beam of sorts to symbolise that everyone has a part to play in shaping the future of the world. Here’s an example from their website to use as inspiration at your own organisation.
Just like Ivo did in the above picture, create opportunities for your people to take relevant and fun photos to share with their networks. In each of our offices this year, we’ve created a photobooth-style area for employees to express themselves in their own way with props and signs.
4. Thank your people
Take a moment on International Women’s Day to say thank you to all of the people in your organisation who help support your purpose, mission and values. Some low-cost employee recognition ideas include:
Setting up massage stations
Offering free manicures and pedicures
Dropping flowers off on employees’ desks
Thanking the individuals who help make your days more enjoyable
Providing a healthy lunch
Offering a mid-day yoga or exercise class
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In the spirit of balance, yoga will have your people feeling more grounded and relaxed – and who doesn’t like that?
5. Invite a motivational speaker
One way to motivate your people is by inviting a speaker to come present to your employees, offer advice and provide insight for what the 2019 #BalanceforBetter means for the workplace. Our Melbourne office is having morning tea together and in the evening, they’ll be attending a learning session around gender inequality, pay inequality and other issues facing women in the workplace.
If inviting a motivational speaker to the office isn’t in the cards for you, try playing various Ted Talks on a loop to expose people to the ideas and challenges of women today and why this day is important (there’s no shortage of them!). One video we played last year in our offices was the “He Named Me Malala” documentary, which is nothing short of inspirational. In our Sydney office, employees will be gathering together for a delicious team lunch and watching a women empowerment movie.
Remember, celebrating International Women’s Day shouldn’t come just once a year – we should always be striving towards a more inclusive and diverse workplace. Everyone can take part in celebrating and put their best foot forward to work towards a more balanced (and engaged) workforce.