Tip 10: Everyone is winging it
Luiza was a few years into her career when she overheard a senior member, who was preparing for a team presentation, say, ‘don’t worry, everyone is winging it and just doing their best’. It’s true! Everyone is just doing their best and no-one has it all figured out. Those who suffer with imposter syndrome – most people who care about what they do – remember that you are worth it. Be confident in yourself and most importantly be honest about what you know. As you become more senior in your career you may find that you will need to give yourself that ‘pat on the back’. Be your own cheerleader!
Tip 11: Your natural gift
We are all born with that one thing. That thing that comes naturally and has done since we were kids. It is inherent to you and part of your personality. For Luiza, this was always planning. Her parents say she would spend more time preparing and planning the game she was going to play, than actually playing it. This ‘gift’ has benefited her throughout her career in UX and she has only seen benefits from using it. So, it’s good for you to ask yourself, what are my natural gifts?
Tip 12: Collective success
You will make mistakes; you are human after all! But just because you make these mistakes doesn’t mean everyone is judging you for it. It’s more likely they’re rooting for you and supporting from behind the scenes. Don’t let your lack of confidence stop you from seeing the truth. We all want you to succeed! Your success will usually be the beginning of someone else’s.
Tip 13: You are not a tree
You can move from one place to another, if you are unhappy with your job don’t stay there for years on end complaining about the same problems. When you have challenging times think, what can I change about this, how can I make things better. Nothing will change if you don’t decide to get up and do something about it.
Tip 14: You are not a charity
We exchange our services and skills for money – there should be no reason for working for free, unless you are willingly doing pro bono work or some type of work experience. Make sure that you are not taken advantage of in certain circumstances. All these favours that you find yourself doing for colleagues, seniors, connections, you should simply see as value exchanges.
Tip 15: Know your worth
There’s nothing worse than finding out that you are being underpaid, it can make you feel undervalued. To ensure this doesn’t happen, do your research. This means finding out and understanding what the market rate is for someone in your position in the local area. Unfortunately, we do still live in a world where women, ethnic minorities, and those with disabilities are at a systemic disadvantage when it comes to equal pay. Also, remember that financial pay isn’t the only form of payment. You may find that you aren’t being paid loads, but gaining in other ways, such as training and development, or support from a big team. It’s all about asking yourself, is this value exchange fair?
Tip 16: Don’t ask, don’t get
This is a big part in being proactive. If you want something, just ask for it. The worst that can happen is that the response is, no. And this isn’t just about money/salary, pay rise and promotions – for instance, you may find you want to spend more time at a certain location and it doesn’t cost the company any less or more for you to do so. These little things, unless you ask for them, will be overlooked.
Tip 17: Be present
Luiza is a big believer in a healthy work life balance and giving your all wherever you are. If you are at work, be focused and productive. If you are at home, turn your laptop and emails off. Having a clear and healthy boundary with where you work and where you relax is extremely important. And now more than ever – with COVID and remote working – it is more important to find and maintain.
Tip 18: The right level of challenge
Challenges, if you are up for them, are a great way to keep things fresh at work. Making sure that you force yourself into those slightly more difficult scenarios helps you to develop and can benefit your mental health as well as growth. It can be fun when you ask for the right type of challenge, just make sure you understand if it is the right one for you in that moment. You may find that a slow cruising job works best due to your present life situation. Don’t feel guilty for understanding your limitations. Happiness at work isn’t a string of more challenging and higher paid jobs, it means having the right job for you, at the right time.
Tip 19: Ask for feedback
It takes a lot of effort not only listening to feedback but also actioning it, especially when it comes to changing behaviours. But, if you put in the hard work and dedication, you will notice improvements in yourself. You will even start hearing positive comments from those around you. It is another long-term tip, but it will take you that step closer to being happier.
Tip 20: Get involved in the success of the company
This is not just in terms of projects and initiatives, sales, or important strategic decisions, but the culture of the company. An employer can state what they stand for but a lot of the time these principles come from the top-down. Culture is built from the ground-up. When we think of success, we should think of the environment in which we work, the feeling you get when stepping into the office. Be the person who builds or adds to the positive and happy setting.
And because some tips are a little easier and self-explanatory, here are some of Luiza’s extra suggestions to help you reach your ‘happier work life’:
“Do small things that bring you joy”
- Listening to music
- Sing, hum, or whistle
- Eat something tasty
- Hug someone you love
- Pull funny faces in the mirror
- Stretch and take deep breaths
- Go for walks to clear your head
- Watch cat videos on Youtube
- Look at your favourite photos
- Laugh with friends
If you’re pondering your next move and you’re interested in joining team Nomensa, we would love to hear from you!
Check out our latest roles on our careers page, and don’t worry if you can’t see something that’s the right fit for you – we’re always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our team so please do get in touch all the same.