I still remember a passage from this article on workplace productivity. If there is one thing I got from that article, it’s that you can never underestimate the power of giving an employee (or intern) work in which they can invest him or herself. There’s something almost ineffably invigorating about contributing to a team — not a corporation, sector, nor division — but something you can call a TEAM. What is it about working with only a handful of others that makes one’s
job life that much more enjoyable? I think it’s partly in having an email with just your first name. Some in feeling less like an observer in a meeting and more a fellow curator of great ideas. And a LOT in getting the chance to embrace the culture of instigating change, perfecting projects, and honing skills that make you a better person. Damn, I could get used to this.
I’m probably not allowed to share anything too specific, but I can say I have thoroughly enjoyed participating, and at times even merely observing, what goes on a a growing startup. Weekly meetings don’t consist of merely logistics, but big ideas about which fellow coworkers get excited. Everyone wants to work overtime, not because it matters for short term salary, but because they are making visible contributions to something they believe in. I’ve been given a fun independent project, along with some work I do with various team members, and it’s been great so far.
Have you downloaded Pocket yet? ;)
Till next week!