The question below doesn’t have a right or wrong answer, yet sometime in your career you will need to not only ask yourself it, but answer it.
What’s most important to you? Where you work? How much you make? Or, who you work with?
Everyone strives to work for a company they love, with people they love even more and for a salary they are in love with, but in reality, most people fall short in one if not two aspects.
Do you think it matters? Does one outweigh the others?
In my opinion, the people who you work with outweigh where you work or how much you make any day.
I worked at a restaurant in high school and held numerous retail jobs during college before starting my career. Looking back at all of them, the jobs I enjoyed the most were the ones with amazing people – hands down. The people are who will determine if you enjoy or if you despise going to work day in and day out. These are the people you are going to be with and depend on for 40+ hours a week; you should like them. I find if you like the people you work with and can bounce ideas off of you will do better work than if you were by yourself.
Companies which are known for their work environment such as Zappos, Google, Southwest and Costco are some of the biggest and successful companies today. All of the companies create a work environment, which their employees love to go to work in and therefore thrive. They each have their own way of finding the right people to hire because they know the value of all their workers getting along enjoying the people they work with. Zappos has everyone, no matter title or position, go through the same 4 week training period. At the end of the 2nd week they offer the trainees until the end of training to take $2,000 to quit if they want too. They do this to make sure the right people stay within the company. How many people take Zappos up on that offer? Less than 1%.
If you go to work every day and remind yourself you are there only because of how nice your paycheck looks every two weeks, you’ll eventually realize there’s more to a job than money. Likewise, if you work for a company that is a big name, yet hate the people and the pay, you’ll realize not everything is in a name.
What makes a company a great place are the people who create the identity and the culture of the company. Whether you are a manager or not, if you make and sustain a work environment where people get a long and are friends, you create a thriving working environment, which people will want to go to work in.
In theory, if you work for a place where you love the people, you’ll do great work and not only will the pay come, but your company will be known as a top place to work.
If you are a business owner or hiring manager, make sure you create a conducive work environment where people get along and you will lay a strong foundation for your company years to come.
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