..Your perfect company culture match, that is. Gone are the days of worshipping the “workaholic” who spends 90% of his time in the office and missed your whole childhood because of business trips (just me?).
Searching for jobs has become easier for people just entering the workplace because of tools such as LinkedIn Jobs and other search engines, but it seems that all the new varieties in workplace environment and culture have made the job hunt more complicated.
In the past, “cultural differences” included generation, income, education, and ethnicity differences between workers. While those gaps still exist today, a cultural difference can now arise from wanting to work at an agency that is dog-friendlier or has a ping pong table and a keg. This is modern workplace culture and it is especially prevalent in the creative industry.
My agency is one of those hipster-ridden places with a shuffle board, keg, and dogs. We dress “Portland casual” (more casual than business casual) and have a conference room called Star Wars.
This is the fifth workplace environment I have been in and I can definitely say it is the one I have felt most comfortable in. I don’t just love the culture at the agency because of the perks (well maybe the keg), but because those perks attract a type of person that is eager to work somewhere they enjoy being. I think having an awesome company culture makes for happy worker bees who look forward to coming to work even when things are high-stress.
So, if you’re trying to figure out why cool, friendly people who also work hard do not want to work for you then here’s some ideas: ditch the formal dress code, buy a kegerator, and start a company softball team. Happy workers make work a happy place.