It’s 2020, so it seems fitting that our first blog posts of the new year have focused a bit on 20/20 – vision that is. Hindsight’s 20/20, or so the saying goes, and last week we asked our management team what advice they would most like to share with their younger selves. This is the second half of our two-part blog series highlighting the most valuable lessons our ever-so-wise management team has had to learn over the course of their respective careers.

“Before you speak, think about how your message will be received. Once you say it, you can’t take it back.” – Lisa McAteer, Senior Recruitment Specialist

From office cliques to snarky co-workers, navigating workplace politics can be tricky, especially if you’re new to the company. Unfortunately, try as you might, you likely won’t be able to avoid these things entirely, but you can definitely take strides to avoid getting caught up in the drama.  Our best advice? Avoid repeating gossip, treat everyone equally (whether it’s your boss, a client or an intern) and keep a positive attitude. Oh, and never role your eyes… ever.

“Bridges are best left intact. You never know when a past connection may reappear in the future.” – Mark Fedyshen, Recruitment Team Lead

Make an effort with your co-workers. Yes, even THAT co-worker. You don’t have to be best friends with everyone, but you’re spending a huge chunk of your day (heck, a huge chunk of your life) with these people, and being able to work together harmoniously and communicate effectively will make those 40+ hours a week a lot more enjoyable. Take an interest in their lives, ask questions and make sure you say thank you. And remember to connect with people outside of your office as well – the bigger your network, the more opportunities that will come your way.

“Nothing is impossible to those who try.” – Myra Nguy, Director of Administration

Try, try again. But also know when to ask for help. Don’t be too proud to admit that you aren’t sure how to do something – believe us, no one expects you to know it all. If you’ve been agonizing over a project or problem and can’t come up with a solution on your own, co-workers can be a great resource. They’ve been with the company longer than you and it’s very likely they’ve encountered the same issue at some point or another. Be sure to express your gratitude and return the favour when you can.

“Don’t let your work get in the way of doing the things that bring you joy.” – Brett Kuseler, Recruitment Team Lead + Senior Recruitment Specialist

Ambition is a great thing, but remember to seek fulfillment outside of the office as well. Being away from work physically doesn’t necessarily mean we’re away from work mentally, and it can be a challenge not to let stress from the office interfere with personal time. It’ll be tough (trust us, we get it), but it’s a great idea to limit the amount of time you spend checking work emails on your days off. Make the most of your time out of the office by doing the things that you genuinely enjoy. Whether it’s meeting up with friends for brunch, cooking a family dinner, playing on a sports team or just making time to rest and recharge, practice being present and mindful in these moments – it’ll be Monday morning before you know it.