March’s here! It doesn’t just herald the beginning of spring… it also rekindles the ‘Women’s Day‘ debate. Do we really need a day to celebrate a biological phenomenon – that of being a woman?
The reality of our lives is that gender equality isn’t a widespread concept around the globe. The event of celebrating a particular day for women started in the early 1900s when women began stepping out to explore the world beyond their predefined boundaries. The movement gave women an opportunity to voice their opinion and celebrate their achievements in a male-dominated society.
Today, women are breaking the proverbial ‘glass ceilings’ and inspiring others to do so. But the journey continues to be on a thorn-laden path.
According to a study, 8 in 10 women in full-time employment believe that gender discrimination is still present in the workplace.
And that’s not the end of it. Women often have to make choices between being a caregiver or professional, and the options are never easy.
Yet, Women’s day is not about wondering whether women can have it all. It is about cheering their tireless contributions to all the spheres of life even in the face of hardships and prejudice.
Considering the need to press for change in the gender parity, International Women’s Day is simply an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of women to the workplace. Taking some time out to make them feel special on this day can show how supportive you are of them and that you truly value their dedication. Here are a few things you can do make the day special at the office!
7 Ways To Make Your Female Employees Feel Special On Women’s Day
These are sure to make the women in your organisation feel awesome!
1. Thoughtful Gifts!
Gifts are a surefire way of bringing a smile to your female employees’ faces. To add a new level to the recognition, you can have male co-workers hand them over. The fact that their contributions are celebrated and acknowledged by the opposite gender makes it even more meaningful on this day.
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1. Tie-and-dye Scarf By Women Self-help Groups
Go for a tie-and-dye scarf made by women self-help groups! It helps build the humane face of your brand showing that you are practically pushing out the cause of women empowerment on International Women’s Day. Besides, these scarves are so beautiful that your female employees will be happy to wear them as a symbol of solidarity to the higher cause.
2. Handmade Soaps, Lip Balms And A Card
There is nothing that says pampering like a basket full of goodies, namely handmade soaps and lip balms. Personal care items that are put together with a thoughtful card can instantly light up the happiness quotient at the workplace. You’ll be sure to have a couple of employees share it on social media creating a ripple effect of goodwill.
3. A ‘Be You’ Memento And Card
Nothing says ‘personalised’ more than a Be You Memento. Crafted by Engrave Awards, it directly speaks to the recipient encouraging them to be their own self. It tells them that they are respected for who they are and initiates the idea of individuality in a truly unique way. The words and threads can be used to express what the particular employee feels about herself. Add a personalised card and this desktop display can be a great way to remind her for the rest of the year that it may not be Women’s day every day but her contribution to the organisation is valued every day.
4. Badge/Sticker And Card
A badge/sticker is a great way to say things that you want heard but without raising your voice. This Women’s Day, gift empowering badges to your female employees who can wear it with pride and a smile. The badges carry inspirational and motivational sayings that both the wearer and the women around them can identify with.
2. Hold An IWD Theme Lunch
Women in their role of a caregiver cook, clean, take care of children and the family and then start their day at work. On Women’s Day, allow them a small break from the routine by putting together an all-out women lunch. An even more fun thing can be a role reversal where the men in the company cook and serve a pot lunch! It’ll allow men to experience what it feels like to take on a minor part of a woman’s role. Of course, the quality of the dishes served will lead to conversations long after lunch is over.
3. Profile Some Of Your Organisation’s Amazing Women On Your Website
A public acknowledgement by an organisation about valuing its women will go a long way in building the employer brand and is a great way to demonstrate company culture.
Pick women from all rungs of the ladder who have worked hard, remained loyal and brought that extra little to the table that sets examples and inspires others.
Take the opportunity to share and celebrate these women on social media too.
You can even create a “Wall of fame”, where every female employee is given wonderful titles like:
“Chief Coffee Officer”
“Queen of creativity” and more...
Go on to share this wall of fame on your social channels too.
Alternatively, you could gift them ‘medals’ recognising their contribution to the workplace!
4. Organise A “Family Day” At Office
Ask all employees to bring one woman from their family – mother, daughter, wife or sister – to work. It will be an excellent way for both men and women at the office to participate together in the celebration. These women form the inspiration and support system to your employees, and it is a great show of goodwill to acknowledge and celebrate them.
You can even have employees mention unique contributions and achievements by the women in their lives and use the opportunity to share unique awards for them. It is a unique way to celebrate the day which has the potential to be loved by employees, customers and your company’s followers on social.
5. Organise A Fitness Camp
Women often tend to put their health last on their list of priorities. IWD is a perfect day highlight the importance of the topic and also show your organisation’s empathising face.
You can organise a health check-up camp in the office or call in a doctor who can provide a lecture on topics like personal care and diet.
You can even arrange a Zumba or Yoga camp in office too. Your female employees will appreciate something as simple as organising a free foot massage camp in office.
6. Create And Share A Special Policy For Them
Women value a job which allows them to maintain a healthy work-life balance. They are likely to remain loyal and dedicated to such employers. On IWD, you can either create a new HR policy or modify an existing one to make it more women-friendly. Of course, the PR value that comes along with it is a plus.
7. Plant One Tree For Each Of Your Female Employees
An excellent way to celebrate the importance of nature and nurturers in our lives can be to tie-up with a company like Grow Trees who can plant trees on behalf of your female employees and give them each a certificate.
It’s a good deed that will be appreciated by everyone.
Women in the workforce play an essential role in maintaining a balanced work environment. They also have an impact on revenue and profits. Take a day out to make them feel special. It’ll be worth it.
If you are looking for unique ways to make your female employees feel special on this Women’s Day, get in touch with Engrave Awards and More!