I’ve had a lot of jobs over the years: babysitting, tutoring, retail, random on-campus jobs at college, internships, and now 2 out of 4 rotations in this program. I’ve worked in an array of settings with a range of employers, and with a diverse pool of team members and managers. However, until this point, I haven’t really had the chance to reflect on my ideal work environment and culture. To figure this out, I think it’s important to consider what has or has not worked for me in the past and what environment will be conducive to developing my skill set, networking, and furthering my overall career development.
While I could have some pretty high-maintenance, temporal demands like needing an all-paid yoga studio in the building, and a window view so that my plants have a chance of surviving (although I wouldn’t complain if those were available), I’ll be reasonable –
My ideal work environment is being surrounded by people I get along with, having people to eat lunch with, and one where everyone around me is supportive, helpful, open-minded, respectful, and not afraid of change.
We spend roughly 34% of our waking hours at work. That’s a LOT of our time! It is important that we find a work environment that provides us with what we need and expect, and ultimately is a good fit for us. For those of us just entering the corporate world full time, we have great ideas, we have energy, we are willing to learn and work (and work hard), we want to contribute, and we want to find something we love doing that we can help with. We want to be full speed ahead, but that may not be the environment we are walking into, so there may be an adjustment period of adapting and finding common ground, learning and mistake-making. In our deep dive with Tami Minnier, she said that “to be successful you cannot only be competent, you have to be confident.” I know there will be people and places that make me question my confidence, but I also know that I have worked in great places with great people that through challenging work have fostered healthy environments and as a bi-product promote confidence.
When considering future rotations and positions following the ISDR program, I will definitely be asking questions (and I would encourage everyone reading this to do the same!) to make sure I’m not only focused on content of work, but also work environment, and how I will fit in and contribute, because I believe work environment plays a huge role in productivity and functionality.
(But flexible work hours, a yoga studio, and other amenities at all of my rotations may help my morale, too!)
By Whitney Soldo, Systems Analyst – ISDR