Ever since I’ve moved to CA I’ve had troubles finding people I have things in common with, and it seems to be because they were all working at The Search Agency. I’ve found people who share my love for street art, whiskey, and comic books this week. It’s been a great week culturally.
I didn’t realize exactly how important culture was to me in a company until I started working somewhere that valued it. In the past I’ve worked in places where culture didn’t really exist, the mentality was “sit down, shut up, do your work, and get the hell out”. I knew people who thrived in that environment and couldn’t care less that they didn’t know most of their work neighbors. For me, it was awful and it’s one of the reasons I struck out on my own to begin with, I had just kinda forgotten it.
Culture here at TSA is incredibly important, they try to hire for people to be a good fit here, which makes sense to me. You can’t always teach people how to get along with others and fit seamlessly into a group dynamic, but you can teach them any technical skills they might be missing.
I think this is where a lot of their strength as a company comes from, and where companies in the future will gain their strength. My generation and the ones following me have different values than our parents and grandparents. We view the world differently.
Our forefathers wanted all the hours and bonuses they could get and were highly motivated by money. I’ve read several studies recently detailing that my generation and the one coming up behind me prize individuality, work / life balance, recognition, and advancement more than a few extra pesos in the paycheck.
That’s not to say we don’t like money. I can’t pay my mortgage and car loan with accolades and praise, but when it comes to work place motivation it isn’t our primary motivator. We have an increased desire for work that we enjoy and has meaning to us, and that’s what TSA represents to me right now.
What about you? What motivates you or what do you value most in a job? I’d love to hear your story.
Thanks for reading,
Josh “Shua” Peters
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