Equality of opportunity for everyone is essential for businesses to thrive. For 2019 International Woman’s Day, Ewa Kac shares what #balanceforbetter means to her.
Introduce yourself for us
My name is Ewa Kac and I am a HR Advisor for Group Services. I am supporting Smart Space and Smart Space FM at the moment
How long have you been in your current role?
I’ve been at Wates for 10 years but I’ve been in my current role since 2016. I started in 2009 working for SES as a document controller, then a project technical assistant. I was then given a secondment as a HR administrator and gradually moved into my role of HR advisor.
What brought you to Wates?
I transferred to Wates in 2015 from Shepherd Group. At the time when Wates came on board, I was working as HR administrator. Wates has given me a lot of opportunities to develop and allowed me to gain the necessary experience that resulted with me securing a HR Advisor role in 2016.
What advice would you give to women entering the industry?
My advice would be to speak up! The construction industry is changing for women however it is still very male dominated. At Wates I’ve always been listened to and I’ve had a chance to constantly develop. Going from a document controller to a HR Advisor is actually quite a big step and Wates allowed me to do this. Women should feel encouraged to go forward with whatever they want to do, especially when it comes to their careers.
Who are your role models?
It is very difficult to choose one role model. There are many people that I admire and who are very inspirational to me. However, if I have to choose someone I would choose both of my grandmothers. They were both able to achieve a lot through their hard work and determination, which allowed them to achieve their goals in very difficult times (after World War II and under soviet oppression in Poland). One of my grandmothers lead a successful roofing business for a long time and the other was raising four kids while working full time. I have learnt a lot from them and they have always supported me to reach my dreams and goals.
This year the theme of International Women’s Day is Balance for Better. What does this mean for you personally?
Personally, it is important for all of us to understand that a gender-balanced work environment is better for the industry and for all of us. At the end of the day, it should not matter. In light of International Women’s Day, if you work hard, perform at your best and speak up then you can achieve anything.