As the our newly minted graduates enter the work force it is important to take some time to reflect not only on what we want to do but where we want to do it. You will spend about forty hours a week at this place, so you should at least enjoy it a little bit, right?
When I ponder an ideal workplace I think of Google and New Belgium Brewing. Both of these employers go out of their way to ensure that their employees are happy, caffeinated, active, and have stress release from what can bog down an employee’s creative energy and drive. Google provides massages, gyms, pool tables, playgrounds, and refreshments to its employees. New Belgium, though on a much smaller scale than Google, has an in house rock climbing wall, foosball, a slide, and provides trademark fat tire bikes at the one year anniversary of employment. These may seem like a waste of money, especially in this economic climate, but not if one digs deeper.
What else do these two companies have in common? Profit and large market shares. New Belgium was upgraded to Craft Brewery status due to their increased size and revenue. Google remains cutting edge, competitive, and profitable when many other similar companies have failed. It turns out, having fun at work makes your employees more productive. They are more likely to look for more solutions when they are less stressed and feel valued by the company as a whole.
So on your job search, find somewhere fun to work. It is better for you and your employer.
For more on this subject, check out John Mossman’s Denver Post article: http://www.denverpost.com/topworkplaces/ci_22970656/employee-friendly-workplace-culture-key-company-success