Last Updated on November 15, 2023
I’ve been with Mypromovideos for more than five years now, the longest I’ve been with any group, save my family and school. During this period I’ve grown with the firm both metaphorically and literally (heh!heh!). Most of my time here, I’ve been the only woman in the crew ( Although off and on, we’ve had other ladies). So, people often question me about how I feel here and ask if it affects me in any way? What has made me stick on? Well, there’s a short and a long answer to it. The short answer is that I’m comfortable here and yes, it does affect me in some ways. But….there’s a longer answer too. And that’s what has made me stay on…
Equality…or should I say, Equity?
As a working mother who was still breastfeeding her son, I joined this office where my colleagues never questioned my need to leave early. Mypromovideos accepted having a mother in the team and welcomed me to bring my son to the office. The office culture allowed for people to bring their family and pets whenever they wanted. Additionally, team-bonding activities were planned to accommodate my schedule. At Mypromovideos, every team member was valued regardless of you being man or woman or background, and it felt like a family that stuck together.
Glass ceiling ? Never heard of it!
We have all heard of “glass ceiling” and those horror stories with poor pay and poor working conditions for women. Being inside Mypromovideos, is like being in a different world altogether. My gender “woman” not once came in the way of my career here. I joined as a Scriptwriter here, but soon I became the Senior Scriptwriter and Creative Director. I don’t think my gender EVER entered the minds of my employers or my cohorts. At Mypromovideos, though I am a woman, they paid me one of the highest salaries due to my experience and role. My salary continues to increase systematically with others in my team. Incentives, opportunities, gifts…all came on par with my contribution and growth of the business.
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So, is it an office of feminists?
Well, no, I wouldn’t go that far. The “f” word may actually seem scary to many of the folks here. Justin Trudeau stand aside, feminism is still draconian to some. But that is talking about individuals. Mypromovideos, as a firm, with a “people-before-everything” culture, does not discriminate. Here we’ve discussed everything from menstruation to parity. We create an atmosphere that helps those in need. Are you struggling with health, money, family, education…? Like a true guardian, it will lend you comfort. Not because you are a woman or belong to a certain community or certain background, but just because you need it and you are part of Mypromovideos ecosystem.
A note to startups…
A culture is not born overnight. It starts with small steps like these. When your organization is small like ours “Mypromovideos“, it is easier to plant the seeds of the culture you want. It may seem difficult to think of “principles” and “inclusivity”, along with the pressures of growing a business. It may be easier to compromise, to just get the work done.But I feel that if you have an inclusive atmosphere right in the DNA of your organisation, it is not likely to change, even as it grows.
Recently there were a stream of articles about treatment of women at Uber. I feel terrible for what these ladies had to go through, but somewhere in my heart, I also feel incredibly lucky. They never questioned my abilities based on my gender, and I did not receive partial treatment or discrimination for being a woman. Creating such an atmosphere allowed for loyalty and camaraderie to thrive. Employees feel confident. A community is nurtured. And there, lies the reason why even after half a decade, I stay on.
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