We’ve all heard of, or starred in, the horror stories: know-it-all bosses, back stabbing co-workers, evil cube mates, etc.
And let’s face it, during tough economic times, most of us are just happy to have a job – any job, and we don’t even venture to think about the possibility of having a job we really enjoy. We resign ourselves to eight hour shifts with our noses to the proverbial grindstone and pray for a paycheck.
I know that existence; I’ve lived it. So, imagine my surprise when I walked into Airfoil – a place where people were actually smiling AND working. That combination is hard to find even in places where workers wear brightly-colored uniforms and there’s a sign on every wall reminding them to show some teeth and say have a nice day.
I was so surprised, in fact, that during my initial onboarding, when given the chance to “ask anything” of more seasoned ‘foilers, my go-to poll question was more often than not, “Is working at Airfoil really as great as it seems?”
As PR pros, we’re masters of messaging. And no one wants to scare the new person. Knowing that, I decided I should stop asking and simply observe. Day after day, I saw the same thing, people actually enjoying their jobs.
Could it be? Could this be more than a first-date scenario where you meet the shiny showroom floor version of a person only to find out many nights and many tears later that you bought a lemon? I think, yes!
With Airfoil, I’m learning that great jobs, much like great partners, really do exist. Of course, you may have to kiss a few toads and fill out a few applications, but when the end result could be a happy ending, it’s always worth a try.
By the way, I’m mostly The Writer sprinkled with a healthy dose of The Creative. Which personality are you?
Tiffani Blade (@tiffaniblade) is an account executive at Airfoil, a high-tech PR and marcomm firm with offices in Silicon Valley, Detroit and London.