As individuals grow into adulthood one of the most prominent questions on their mind is “What am I going to do with the rest of my life?” Some people, from the time they could walk and talk knew what they wanted to do. Whether they classify it as a ‘”calling” or a “dream”, they just knew. Others have a vague idea, and some have no clue at all – that was me…sort of.
I grew up having too many ideas! Too many dreams, too many interests, too many things I enjoyed doing and could see myself doing as a career, but I just couldn’t decide. I thought it could have been indecisiveness or just plain old fear of commitment, but there was one thing I knew for sure… I wanted to find a job and a working environment that suited me, and not have to compromise who I was to suit a job.
On some level you need to be able to make compromises in the workplace – that goes without saying. But what I wasn’t willing to compromise on was working for a business that actually cared about people, and not just their bottom line. I’ve always believed that if you make people your priority, treat them with respect and always tell the truth, you will be successful in whatever you do. And in this dog-eat-dog world, it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.
During one of my first team lunches here at Plan A, one of my co-workers and fellow bloggers said “We don’t really have bad days.” Another went on to say “I’ve had rough moments but everything always works out, and I end the day on a positive note”. Sheri, our fearless leader, piped up and said “Come on guys, we have bad days!” And that moment really stuck out for me. What a rarity; an employer was actually trying to convince her employees that their team wasn’t perfect. Her staff is so happy with their work environment they see every day as a good day. How many business owners, executives or managers can say that?
I once read somewhere that Richard Branson (entrepreneur and billionaire) said “Your clients do not come first. Your employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your clients.” and “The way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your clients.” I’ve worked for a few people in the past who probably wouldn’t agree with these statements, but I’m going to take a shot in the dark and say that’s probably why they aren’t billionaires…
Basically, what I’m saying is that I now realize why I couldn’t decide on a specific career. Even a dream job won’t be truly fulfilling if you’re surrounded by selfish individuals. I know now that a happy work life has more to do with the people you work with, and not the career you choose.