Michelle Christie's take on IWD at Robert Walters

We spoke to Michelle Christie, Director at Robert Walters Adelaide, about what International Women's Day means to her and how this is embraced at Robert Walters.  Here's what she had to say:
1. Please can you share with us a little about you and background at Robert Walters?

I commenced with Robert Walters as a Consultant in the Accounting team in 2004 after having run a 300-contractor desk with another organisation. During my time with Robert Walters I managed the Accounting and Business Support teams before heading off to try out a National Head of internal function. After 3 years I was presented with the opportunity to re-join Robert Walters running the state as Associate Director and in a rebuild phase for the office, it was by no means easy but was fun and I have been lucky enough to look back over that time fondly having met so many wonderful people. I was promoted to Director and although my role didn’t change it was an acknowledgment of the good work we were doing with the office. Over the past 6 years I have been fortunate enough to have 4 children and the business has supported my maternity leave, although never easy to juggle work and family life, the ability to do that with supportive leaders makes it an enjoyable juggle.

Highlights for me really are the people, whether that be clients, candidates or our staff here in Adelaide, National or global that I get to interact with. There has never been a day where I have not laughed and found myself smiling for most of the day, that is something that would be rare. 

2. What do you enjoy most about your role at Robert Walters?

·       People

·       Flexibility

·       Opportunity to grow

·       Friendships

·       Interesting work and clients

·       Global reach from Adelaide 

3. What does #breakthebias mean to you?

Break the bias to me means to ‘give everyone a chance, back to the old adage as treat others as you would like to be treated, take gender, race, colour, age out of your judgement’ 

4. How do you believe we can #breakthebias in the workplace?

·       Hire based on skill set

·       Develop your staff

·       Offer mutually beneficial/no gender policies (i.e. Paternity Leave)

·       Support people as individuals, based on their needs and wants in life. 

5. Do you have any advice to give other women?

Work hard and respect your worth, enjoy what you do and have fun with work/life.

As someone who runs a business and is a Mum, I am constantly juggling multiple tasks that are either work or life related, the biggest piece of advice I can offer is the skill of being comfortable with prioritising your time and tasks and outsource/delegate everything else. The more comfortable you become with the fact you can’t do everything on your own the better your life balance will be.

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