This year’s International Women’s Day Theme is “Balance for Better,” so we asked employees:
What does Balance for Better Mean to you?
This is what they shared:
We balance for better through team work and creativity. Keeping each other balanced helps us better balance our world.” – CBS Photo
Balance for Better means balancing out the unequal status by providing opportunities to non-traditional individuals. In the end, it makes for a more diverse conversation and stable long term focus. – Erika Nunez, CBS Interactive
As a women’s group, our 4 pillars, Career Development, Networking, Mentorship and Philanthropy help to support the inclusion and diversity of women and allies at CBS and within our communities. These pillars, give women a voice, which in turn betters the balance and betters the world. – Kydee Williams, New York CBS Women’s Networking Group Chair
Everyone can agree that life feels more whole when you feel a sense of balance in your life. From personal commitments to work responsibilities, it can easily feel like we constantly have a million things on our radars. When I can reintroduce balance into my life in these crazy moments, it puts my mind at ease and often helps me become even more productive. Therefore, Balance for Better as a theme for International Women’s Day amplifies the positive culture and radiating, productive energy that can come out of establishing more balance in the workplace. When we can achieve this balance, we can work together as a resilient community, a steadfast organization who builds upon each others’ accomplishments to become one cohesive, noteworthy success story. Balance for Better inspires a call to action for each of us to continue celebrating the amazing achievements of women and to continue motivating one another to seek equality, to seek balance. I aim to celebrate this theme not just on International Women’s Day, but every day. – Paige Allenspach, CBS Interactive
Balance for Better means equality for women and men in the workplace. This means equal pay and equal opportunity. I hope to impact gender balance in the workplace and in life by supporting the women in my life and encouraging them to believe in themselves. – Stephanie Carroll, CBS Interactive
It means having equality in the workplace from gender pay gap to transparency so everyone can thrive together. – Krisy Kim, CBS Interactive
It means standing up for balance everywhere – in the workplace, in the home and in your relationships. Everyone deserves an equal voice, and this balance for better is an initiative that will make all genders better. This initiative challenges everyone to push themselves and question the current gender imbalance. I hope to impact gender balance in the world of sports. Supporting all athletes and taking action to create an equal opportunity for young female athletes in my community. – Michelle Friedman, CBS Interactive
Balance for better means that I feel good about the time and attention I spend on things that are priorities to me. I believe that education is the key to impacting the future generations. I strive to show my daughters how to keep a well-balanced home life while still be successful in my career. It’s not an easy balance to strike between my needs, my family’s needs and my work’s needs. The best advice I got from a mentor is that just like the safety video you see on airplanes, you have to take care of yourself first before you are able to take care of others. So the focus has to be yourself before you can affect any change to your surroundings. –Liza Galano, CBS Corporate
Balance for Better means gender as an identity, not as an obstacle. – Kayla Keddal, 48-Hours
Balance for Better means that we are all given a chance to prove who we are by our actions and words rather than being judged by untrue stereotypes about our genders, racial backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual orientation or disabilities. As a woman who is black and Latino while presenting as just white to several people, I see my privilege in effect every day. And it only exists because of a great imbalance. As a woman, I also see how male privilege works against me. I can’t miss it if I try. And I have tried. But, I am done trying to ignore the imbalance. So, I want to stand up, publicly and keep up the cry of equality in the workplace and in the world. I really love the visual of this campaign with the balance of scales, but I am concerned that gender non-conforming people may feel left out. I hope, if I have gender non-binary coworkers at CBS, that they will feel welcomed and encouraged to join all of us as we ask for Balance for Better.
– Tina Thompson, CBS TV Music
Balance for Better means that I can become an integral part of a wonderful company while not suffering bias, and promotion inequality due to being a single mother. In today’s workplace, mothers often face silent ridicule and hostilities trying to balance home life and work life. Often, in order to move up, one has to sacrifice their family’s life.I want to see a workplace that Balances not only diversity at work but also provides a balance for those of us who ultimately are the best candidates for multitasking and balancing acts- Single Parents. –Kay Jones, CBS Television
Better The Balance, Better The World. I like that! To me, work life balance is incredibly important, not just for the mind, body and soul but for one’s peace of mind and saved expenses. For years I would commute 2 hours each way daily (4 hours of my life I cannot get back). I was always exhausted. No work life balance there – at least for me. My daily routine; Car to Railroad – Railroad to Penn – Penn to the Subway – Subway to the Bus, or Walk… I walked. And let’s not forget about the crazy weather this all went down in. Ugh! I was exhausted to say the least, and I didn’t even get to work yet – little mind you the ridiculous amount it cost “to and from. I think working from home or a remote office offers; congenital, flexibility, which culminates into increase in productivity and smiles all around’ by leaps and bounds… and let’s not forgot about the huge savings on one’s pocket and time being well spent…. with family. – Rhonda Perry – CBS Sports