We Don’t Know WOW She Does It – Say Hello to the Women of WOW HYDRATE
This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the ladies in the WOW HYDRATE team. Meet Fran, our Executive Assistant, Maisy, our Office Administrator, Shannon, our Supply Chain Manager, Abbi, our Content PR Manager, Maya, our Head of Marketing & Social Media and Queenie, our Head of Commercial.
Just like our consumers and ambassadors, the women at WOW HYDRATE are always pushing it to be the best! From securing new listings and processing our orders, to creating exclusive content and working closely with our ambassadors, they work behind the scenes to help ensure that we become the truly healthy on-the-go drinks brand worldwide.
So, just how do they maintain healthy work/life balances? What do they love most about working for WOW HYDRATE? And which role models inspire them to work hard? Find out below!
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
“International Women’s Day is great for bringing women together from all walks of life. No matter our backgrounds, we can all celebrate one another. I’m proud to be a part of that celebration!” - Queenie
“It means celebrating women and their achievements in whatever they do, business, talents, anywhere. It is important to notice how women’s position in society from the past and celebrate it, as it was not an easy task to get us to where we are now and continue to be an equal society, no matter the gender.” - Maya
What have you learned since joining WOW HYDRATE?
“It’s fast-paced here and we brainstorm lots of ideas daily, so being organised and keeping on top of things are a must. I’ve also learned that it’s important to be open-minded, flexible and on the ball, as things can change quickly. It’s amazing to watch WOW HYDRATE grow – and I am proud to be part of the team that helps to make that happen.” – Maisy
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
“I’d tell myself: 1) Always say yes to new opportunities, no matter how daunting they may be. 2) Travel, as far and wide as possible. Not only will travel help you to develop a deeper understanding of other cultures, but it’ll also provide you with the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life – who you’ll form incredible bonds with.” – Abbi
What’s your favourite part of your job?
“My favourite part of working for WOW HYDRATE has to be the feeling of knowing that I can help. It’s really rewarding and satisfying when people come to me with a problem and I can help to find a solution. Since joining the company over three years ago, I’ve witnessed amazing growth, and I feel very fortunate to have been a part of it. I’m excited for what’s still to come – we have huge plans!” - Fran
“I’m still relatively new to the team – about 6 weeks in! – and I can say that the people here truly make the job amazing. At WOW HYDRATE, we’re lucky enough to work with some huge, inspirational ambassadors, who help us to promote the benefits of our drink. Every day is busy and varied, and we’re always brainstorming exciting new ideas. Watch this space!” - Abbi
What tips could you give to someone on how to successfully manage a career and personal/mum life?
“Just relax and know it will all work out. It can be daunting the thought of leaving your baby to go to work but once you get into a routine with family help or nursery it just becomes your new normal. Ultimately going to work and having that time for myself has made me a better mum, as when we are together in the evenings and weekends I try to make the most of it.
Also having flexible employers has helped so much. I am able to start after nursery drop off and leave for pick ups and without this it would be very difficult, so thankfully WOW HYDRATE has really helped in this aspect.” – Shannon
Which women are you inspired by?
“I’d have to say my mum. Nothing stops her and she never lets any hurdles get in her way. She’s a great role model and she pushes me to work hard and achieve success. If I am happy, she’s happy!” – Maisy
“It would definitely have to be The Queen. Nobody is more inspirational or powerful – she runs a country, has seen a lot of things in her lifetime and is still completely sane! At her age, she’s incredible and that’s why many look up to her. I’d love thirty minutes over a cup of tea with her to hear some of her life stories.” - Fran
Which mentors or role models have positively impacted you in your career, and what’s one lesson that they have taught you?
“Someone I really look up to is Karren Brady. She has successfully navigated a field that it notoriously male dominated and gained credibility. She has always stated that it’s important to accept that not everyone is going to like you, but it’s important to like yourself and be good at what you do, and I love that.
Dean & Neil, WOW HYDRATE’s founders, have also positively impacted my career. They have taught me that no matter who I am dealing with at work, everyone is human, which has helped to build my confidence when dealing with important stakeholders. They’re so great at uplifting the team, and always tell us that our charm is just by being ourselves.” - Queenie
WOW HYDRATE is continuously announcing exciting new partnerships and ambassadors. How do you juggle working for such a fast-paced company with your personal life? Please share your work/life balance tips!
Here at WOW HYDRATE, not only do we all truly believe in the brand, but we’re always trying to educate just how much our product can truly improve people’s lives. Working ‘outside of office hours’ only helps to grow the product! I do know when I need to switch off however, and having a rest is essential in order to produce quality work.
My tips for a good work/life balance are:
- Make sure to do something you enjoy out of work hours, something that feels like a treat to reward your hard work
- If you feel overwhelmed with work, do something relaxing or active, then come back to it. Everything and everyone can wait.
- Always voice when you need help, and have a work friend know when to tell you that you need a break – holding you accountable for not looking after yourself first
- Overworking is as bad as not working at all – it’s all about quality, not quantity
- See parts of your job as a hobby, otherwise you will not enjoy doing some things out of hours
- Don’t run on autopilot, understand who you are helping and the purpose of the task, and give meaning to everything you do
- Make sure to step outside every day for some fresh air
- Get your essential vitamins in daily with WOW HYDRATE, and get 8 hours of sleep in!” - Maya