The key to loving your job is a combination of how you feel about your individual position and the culture the company fosters. You can have a wonderful position, but if the company doesn’t foster a positive work environment, you could very well find yourself getting burnt out.
Creating a good corporate culture (by being nice to others, helping each other and giving constructive feedback) isn’t that hard, but maintaining it is. There will always be deadlines, stress and on occasion, a fire drill. How you handle those situations affects your company’s culture, especially if you are a leader within the organization.
I’ve been lucky enough to have several positions, both in agencies and corporations, that have helped me learn the value of a positive, nurturing environment. This knowledge has helped me determine what I, as an employee, want in a company culture and I can safely say that I’ve found it here at FCPR.
The FCPR culture can be summed up in this statement: what you see is what you get. This statement houses so much I appreciate about FCPR. Here are three main points in our culture that I think are worth sharing.
- You always know where you stand with the leadership at FCPR.
If you’re doing something excellent, there is praise; if you’re struggling with a challenge, you get coaching. As Liza so eloquently put it in our staff meeting this week, “Kim and I are the coaches, y’all are the players, we’ve given you all the tools you need for success, but you have the play the game.” Even when you’ve messed up and get constructive criticism, you never feel belittled; it’s always a learning experience, which is refreshing.
- We’re a team.
The “all in” attitude is not just a statement. We help each other out, whether it’s as simple as dropping of a UPS package or brainstorming new ideas for our clients. Everyone’s willingness to “roll up our sleeves” to help get the job done is a testament to our passion for what we do and who we do it with, both the FCPR team and our clients.
- We have fun.
Sometimes it’s in the form of company outings and other times it’s in the office with Justin Bieber wrapping paper. Regardless of the locale, we know that sometimes you just need to laugh a little and enjoy time bonding with your coworkers.
To answer my question in the title of this post, yes, I love my job. There will always be stress (didn’t you hear that the job of PR manager is one of the most stressful? check out the article here: http://tiny.cc/majlqw), but stress can be dealt with if you like what you do and the company you work for.