Published on October 8, 2021
On the 29th of September and the 7th of October, Women in Green Hydrogen hosted online networking events on the topic of “Finding a Work-Life Balance” with authors, psychologists, coaches and business professionals in the field.
Women disproportionately bear the brunt of domestic work, childcare, and emotional labour alongside demanding jobs. While a shift in policy and attitude is necessary to rebalance this double-burden, in the meantime women need to find strategies to manage.
The first session, with Diane Chadwick-Jones, Former Director of Human Performance at bp; Rayne Cyla Handley, Managing Director at GRM Intelligence; and Monica Bormetti, Organisational Psychologist and Founder of Smart Break, outlined the importance of building healthy habits. Under pressure and stress we tend to fall back into behaviors that harm us: late nights, eating badly, and skipping exercise, for example. Healthy habits act as a way to anchor our daily routines and combat stress.
A further topic of discussion was the need for women to speak up at work, say no, set boundaries, and find a mentor for guidance and support.
The second session, with Viviana Widjaja, Holistic Business Coach; and Susanne Grant, Work-life Balance Expert and International Bestselling Author, stressed the need for women to prioritise their goals. The benefits of working for a company that funds initiatives for personal development and training should not be under-estimated.
Finally, in a world where women are constantly juggling competing demands, we need to learn to be kinder to ourselves and recognise that we simply can’t be perfect all the time!
The events were moderated by Kathrin Goldammer, Co-founder of Women in Green Hydrogen, and Oghosa Erhahon, Lawyer and Energy Analyst. A huge thank you to our incredible speakers, and to the over 100 women who attended.