Thursday, 30 November 2017

The Secret to Job Happiness

(Warning: Multitude of throwback work photos about to hit you. Starting with one from Miss Selfridge.) 

Being funemployed isn't as chilled out as I thought it would be. I pictured myself drinking wine at lunch and wearing pearls for no apparent reason, but as it happens it's actually been more of a hectic dash around London most days for interviews on top of interviews. (Which to be honest is great, rather too many options than none!)

In this time I've been thinking a lot about what makes me happy at work. I'm not looking to take the first job offer thrown at me, I want to really consider what is going to make 2018 the best year for me. I've had a few jobs now and weighed up each one working out why some of them sucked balls and some were a lot of fun, and I have to admit I'm pretty sure I have worked out the ultimate secret to a happy job.

The manager. I've had some truly great ones (shout-out to Simon, Sarah and Theresa), and some that I am pretty sure crawled out from the gutters of hell itself. (Shoutout to you guys too! xx)

 Ex Manager, current inspiring friend.

I've only managed people myself a handful of times, but I learnt enough to know that a happy team is a productive one who will always go out of their way to pull their weight and pitch in when needed. Keeping moral high is really important as a manager, and taking care of your team should be your number one priority.

Lots of managers might be amazing at their jobs, super knowledgeable and really great and what they do, but that doesn't mean they're good at managing. If they always put people down, don't invest time into helping their team when needed, throw people under the bus, shift blame and responsibility and don't treat their team like people with actual feelings then your job is probably going to suck.

Jack Wills Christmas Party, what a mess.

My best managers (and favourite jobs) have been ones when the manager was kind, supportive, helped me grow and learn as much as I wanted and more, and inspired me in my role. Being a genuinely nice person just helps. Theresa used to pick me up a copy of Stylist Magazine on her way in because we both liked to flick through them and I couldn't always get it at my station. Sarah was permanently leaving cute and motivational messages at my desk for me to find and taking me out to coffee shops to write when we needed more inspiration. These are obviously examples of people being mega-babes and going above and beyond, but I would have probably cleaned shit off the floor if they had asked me to because I appreciated everything they did for me. 

I think taking time to get to know your team and their personalities and how they learn is key. So when I'm going to interviews now I'm basing a lot of my decisions on the person who interviewed me and if they are kind. It's not just me - I've looked at all my friends and whether they enjoy their jobs and how their relationship is with their manager and there is definitely a link.
Fresh out of uni at Blayze Group

I'm super excited for what lies ahead - when you're at work 5 days a week for 9 hours a day you want to be spending it with people who make you the best version of yourself and help you to love what you do. There's a lot of opportunity out there!

What's the best and worst manager you've ever had? 


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