You hear a lot about startups today, and—in many ways—they’ve become the new “it” places to work. From Silicon Valley to New York City, all…
I was nervous about whether I could keep up. There was also a fear of workplace socializing and making friends. I think as an introvert, the collaboration and heavy-on-social culture really scared me. You feel like the new kid in school—except when you’re an adult, I feel that it’s an even more nerve-wracking feeling.
In a work situation, I want to know what’s happening, why it’s happening, and what I can do to prepare. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case with startups. Call me an ‘old-school’ millennial—I like a very distinct work/life balance. When I am not working, I do not want to be working. And, while I don’t have a problem with weird hours or helping out an office full of people, I do get burnt out easily when I’m responding to emails or chats at midnight.One more thing Julianne notes is that, while the constant change in a startup environment can be thrilling, it can also be a little exhausting. As startups grow, evolve, and change, aspects of their culture and the people who work there change along with it. “Sometimes, you just outgrow a company,” says Julianne, “And in a startup, it can happen very quickly.”
My new supervisor holds happiness at a really high standard here. Sure, the perks may be different—I don’t have free catered lunches or beer in the fridge—but the culture is still very strong. Our team works together nicely, and we help each other because we want to and know it’s the only way to move forward.
If you don’t feel like you’re thriving or, after some time, you don’t feel fulfilled, it is totally OK to leave your job for something else.Company culture isn’t all about perks—although, the two are often confused. What element of workplace culture is the most important to you?