If you’ve read my bio, you know that I’m not the “corporate type.” I’m much happier kicked back in jeans, a t-shirt and flip flops (or sneakers in cooler weather). And even though I’m technically a millennial, I’ve tried enough of the corporate world to know that it’s just not a fit for me.
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I spent about 6 years working for a few different corporate companies, but I always felt restless and afraid to rock the boat for fear of getting fired. I could never put my finger on what was missing to make me happy though. At first, I thought it was money. So, I left my first corporate job after almost 5 years for something slightly different that paid more. I spent 2 miserable months at the new job trying to make it work. Guess what?! It wasn’t the money that was the problem. The people were nice enough too, but something just wasn’t working. So, with no plan on what I was going to do, I quit. I enjoyed 6 amazing weeks during the Summer lounging by my pool in between job interviews trying to find the perfect job.
Sadly, my summer staycation came to an end, but I was excited to start a new corporate job doing something very different from what I had done in the past. I’d be able to use a different skill set from my repertoire, and learn some new things as well. I really thought this was going to be my dream job. After a few months, I was bored out of my mind and that restless feeling had started to set in. I started my job hunt, again, waiting for something to come along that really felt right.
A few months later I came across an ad on Indeed for an operations position for a small marketing company. SPOILER ALERT: it was with Red Barn. The job sounded challenging, marketing was certainly something I hadn’t done before, and the real kicker – I got to work from home. After meeting with Cindy, I knew this was the job for me. And if you ask Cindy how the interview went, she’ll tell you I totally interviewed her! I was scared to start over yet again, so I had to make sure this was the right fit. Some people are intimated by Cindy, I get it, she’s a strong personality, but something just clicked. I knew I had found my home! Now it wasn’t all butterflies and unicorns at first as my BFF Kim likes to remind me. It took some time to fine tune my relationship with Cindy and learn how to work together. BUT, I finally realized what the missing piece was – Culture.
For me, I just didn’t fit in with the corporate model. And that’s OK – it’s not for everyone. But, having a company culture that allows me to be myself is. In the past, I had a set dress code, set work hours, and I never felt comfortable expressing my concerns or issues to my supervisors. Finding a company where I can work when I feel inspired, wear what I’m comfortable in, and have the confidence to tell my boss when she’s being a Jerk was the missing puzzle piece. I needed the flexibility and honestly that the culture at Red Barn offers.
So, I guess the moral of my story is – no matter how much money you make, how much you like the people you work with, at the end of the day it comes back to Company Culture. Employees will stick around longer if they feel appreciated, empowered, and like they are making a difference. And that directly affects their work and their interactions with customers.
If you want to share your company culture stories I’d love to hear them – good or bad – drop me an email!