The older I become, the more I can see how pressing a job environment is to my overall life satisfaction, my enjoyment at a job, and therefore my entire life, depends greatly on the surroundings of the position.
- When I was quite a bit younger, I thought that the nature of the job was all that actually mattered.
I thought a job was basically just a job and a paycheck was a paycheck. As I have worked in more and more work situations, I have realized that the people you happen to work with and the environment matter a good deal more. That’s why, these days when I go on interviews I’m pretty straightforward about the day to day surroundings. I want to learn everything I can about the company culture, and often, I come right out and directly ask about the HVAC equipment settings, which tends to throw my interviewers for a serious loop. You see, I have worked in a number of terribly uncomfortable locales, literally. In my past job, the air conditioning equipment was always cranked up, and even in the middle of the winter, the building was completely cold. I had a separate temperature control in my office, but it was a dummy temperature control that didn’t actually affect the overall air quality. I froze all day long and I was truly miserable. In the job before that, I was locked in a continual temperature control battle between the other office workers in addition to myself. The people I was with and I literally fought over utilizing the central cooling equipment everyday… Before I end up in another terribly uncomfortable and unproductive job environment, caused honestly by HVAC equipment setting preferences, I’d rather walk away from the job offer altogether.