This year’s International Women’s Day theme focuses on ‘breaking the bias’ and championing a world free of stereotypes and discrimination. At Rund, we are proud to have an inclusive workforce where every employee can thrive, and their achievements are celebrated.
To pay tribute to this important day, three of our valued employees have shared their personal experiences of how #BreakTheBias resonates with them as they reflect on their career journeys.
Matilde Menegotto, Assistant Surveyor
“I can honestly say Rund is the best place I’ve worked at since moving to the UK. I joined the company when I was finishing my master’s degree and, at the time, didn’t have strong technical knowledge. However, my organisational and people skills have proven incredibly valuable, both internally and externally, so I’ve been able to really bed into my role while developing my experience in construction and surveying.
“I’m lucky to be surrounded by people who are extremely knowledgeable and have a great work ethic, which encourages me to follow in their footsteps. The personable and friendly atmosphere within the office has created a genuinely inclusive environment, so everyone is made to feel part of the team and have a voice. I’m excited to work towards Chartership in the coming years and am grateful to have the opportunity to do so at Rund.”
Joanna Rothery, Surveyor
“I’ve had multiple opportunities to take leadership in my role at Rund. As a direct point of contact for clients, it’s rewarding to know that they trust my judgement and ability to lead a project to success. It’s also invigorating to share my knowledge with other team members and play a hand in their progression as I manage several Assistant Surveyors.
“I believe I have an important responsibility to encourage and inspire junior members of staff. Everyone has the opportunity to grow in their role and reach new heights if they put their mind to it, and I think it’s important to have role models to demonstrate the possibilities of what they could achieve. Seeing those I manage grow in confidence and ability is what makes my job so worthwhile, and it’s given me the drive to work my way up through the company into a more senior position.”
Lizzie Sim, Assistant Surveyor
“Collaboration and People are two of Rund’s core values which particularly resonate with me and demonstrate the importance of an inclusive, equal environment, as promoted by #BreakTheBias. I work across two offices – London and Southampton – which means I’m working with many different people with varying skillsets, so my own experience is continually growing. I find everyone is always willing to help each other, no matter their level in the company or what background they may have.
“Our social scene is one of the best parts of Rund as it brings everyone together, in a non-work setting to relax and get to know one another. It allows people to come out of their shell and you learn so much about everyone’s different lifestyles, which I think is important to enhance your working relationships. It’s great to feel respected and capable in my position, as my skills and background are nurtured and celebrated.”