Post by Jess, our Office Manager
I have always been “one of the boys.” I was the only female percussionist in high school band, the only girl on my biking team and in my electronics classes, a junior high shop and computer teacher with 90%+ males in my classes, and the list goes on. I have always felt more comfortable talking, playing, and working with boys than girls.
So, imagine my trepidation when I found myself working for a women-run business with a staff entirely made up of women.* I honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to handle it. Words like “catty” and “clique-ish” came to mind when I considered a large group of women coming together for any reason. But I really wanted that job, so I put aside my hesitations and hoped for the best.
We all work from home, so my first introduction to everyone was in a virtual meeting room. I looked around at the smiling faces on the screen and was welcomed with open arms. “Hmmm…everyone seems to get along.” Over the course of the next several months, I removed “catty and clique-ish” from my thought processes. My co-workers were kind, helpful, and genuinely concerned about my well-being and grateful when I helped them. Not what I expected.
Here I am, staring at my computer screen, asking myself why. Why is it so different than I anticipated? What has this group of women done to have such a successful and happy staff? These are just a few of the reasons I believe this women-run company is doing so well:
I could go on and on about the great reasons to work for a women-run company and having bosses who are nurturing, encouraging, and anxious for our company’s and my personal success. It has been a great experience working for and with women. We are each other’s support, a team. We have come together to strengthen each other and help our company succeed. I still love hanging out with the boys, but at work I am proud to be “one of the girls.”
*Backyard Bookkeeper tends to hire stay-at-home parents because they are a good fit for our flexible work schedule.