Giving employees the tools to succeed and grow in the workplace is sometimes less about structured assignments and more about building connections and developing a broader skill set. The WINs program at Farm Bureau Financial Services sets out to address that need.
What is WINs?
WINs, or the Women’s Inclusive Network, is a program designed to give women a spot to network and grow their careers at Farm Bureau. Their mission is to be an inclusive network led by strong women that supports and encourages all employees, particularly the women of Farm Bureau Financial Services, by connecting employees to opportunities that will help them grow personally and professionally. The organization and its activities aren’t exclusive to women – anyone can participate. It was, however, developed by women with women in mind.
How does it work?
As an employee resource group– people participate as time and interest allows. Programs are advertised on the intranet and open to all employees (male or female). The program is entirely member-driven and operates independent of any one particular department. A small team of employees leads the group and they get together to plan upcoming events and discuss initiatives.
Some of the most successful WINs initiatives include:
- Speaker Series – This group brings speakers to touch on a variety of topics like how social media can affect your career and dress for success seminars. All are free to attend.
- Buddy Lunch Program – This group provides an informal “lunch and learn” group for people who want to learn more about different teams at Farm Bureau.
- Power Circles – Small groups of employees meet monthly to discusses various topics. Each participant has the opportunity to lead a session on a topic that is important to them.
- Committee Leadership – Leadership opportunities are available as part of the planning team, allowing participants to build career skills and learn by doing.
Why is this important?
The WINs group was originally formed because people recognized the need to improve the pipeline of women in leadership roles. Farm Bureau actively supports employees as they develop the skills they need to succeed, whether in the classroom or volunteering for a leadership position.
The WINs program is another way that employees can learn and grow in their positions. If you can dream it, you can do it at Farm Bureau. If you are looking to take your career to the next level, consider a career at Farm Bureau, or join our Talent Network.