The professional world is beginning to see a cultural shift. The corporate atmosphere that breeds success through slave-driving and stress has certainly proven to be effective. There is a “work hard, or else” mentality that has been accepted as the rational standard for a nine-to-five occupation. However, what if this were to change? What if productivity and job-enjoyment could meet on equal grounds?
The shift has certainly started, and the movement to a “work hard, play hard” mentality has become a much desired commodity when searching for a job. The appeal of a company that truly wants its employees to enjoy coming to work is substantial. This new type of company culture seeks a mutual relationship between the employee and the employer. If the employee feels as if they are treated fairly, then they will be willing and eager to perform at the highest possible level of productivity.
Personally, throughout my college years, I was told that a job is a means to an end. Working made money and money resulted in a new form of adulthood independence that I was striving for. Walking into the professional world, I immediately found myself accepting the first offer that I was given. The situation was a learning experience, and there were a few basic skills for success that I honed while struggling my way through each day. A friend of mine constantly pestered me and finally convinced me to interview with another company. After the hiring process had concluded, I accepted the job and put in my two week notice.
On the first day, I was thrown into an office that preached a “work hard, play hard” mentality. The values preached at this company were centered on the idea of bringing people together in the workplace and fostering an environment that promoted teamwork and encouragement to voice opinions. Food had been place on a table in the center of the room with a foosball table directly adjacent. Scooters, soccer balls, and small hockey sticks were lined against the chalk board on the back wall. Everyone was focused in on their laptops, preparing for the 11 A.M. meeting. This was productivity through a mutually beneficial employer-employee relationship.
Some people are unaware that these types of companies even exist! Finding a place to work that offers an enjoyable culture is sometimes difficult to find without proper research. As a result, there are certainly some tools that can be used to find a “work hard, play hard” culture.
- Networking: Asking friends and family members if they know of any opportunities for employment.
- Glassdoor: This is an excellent tool that allows membership free-of-charge. Reviews on the company, interview process, salary expectation, etc can be found on this website.
- Online Publications: Online publications such as BostonInno and similar sources provide reviews of various companies around the United States.
- Online Research: The internet is an extremely valuable tool and a simple search such as “Best companies to work for in 2016” can yield many results.