Perfectionism leads to overwhelm, and overwhelm leads to procrastination.
Therefore, we aim for progress over perfection because it creates consistency. Proven to increase productivity.
A cycle of overwork, burnout and recovery in academia is an accepted norm and this harms your wellbeing.
We promote structured working patterns, regular breaks and time off as integral PhD strategy. A focus on daily wellbeing goals, beside our academic tasks, promotes wellbeing.
Academia is an individualistic and status driven landscape. That can often perpetuate toxicity, competition and isolation.
At VWR, we believe we are stronger (and happier) when we work together as a team. All our members have something to offer, and as a collective, we establish a robust knowledge base and thriving community.
There is a problem with excessive criticism in academia. Any feedback should be delivered in a supportive way. That is, criticism should be constructive and suggestions for improving should be clearly laid out. We can help you understand the difference between support and criticism.
Our members can be very modest when it comes to achievement.
So we encourage the celebration of wins (daily, small and big wins). This helps us recognise our strengths and accomplishments, and boosts our self-belief.
Toxic competition is not conducive to a thriving learning environment, or for the creation of knowledge.
We believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and here lies our greatest strength.