The older I get, the more I understand how important a work 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 younger, I thought that the nature of the work was all that mattered. I thought a job was a job and a paycheck was a paycheck. As I’ve worked in more and more professional situations, I’ve realized that the people you work with and the environment matter a great deal more. That’s what I, these days when I go on interviews I’m pretty blunt about the day to day surroundings. I want to know about more than the company culture. Often, I come right out and directly ask about the HVAC settings, which tends to throw my interviewers for a loop. You see, I’ve worked in a number of extremely uncomfortable places, literally. In my past job, the air conditioning system was always crank up. Even in the middle of the winter, the building was freezing cold. I had a separate thermostat in my office, but it was a dummy temperature control that didn’t really impact the overall air quality. I froze all day long and I was miserable. In the job before that, I was locked in a continual thermostat battle between the other office workers in myself. We literally fought over utilizing the central cooling system everyday. Before I wind up in another extremely uncomfortable and unproductive work environment, caused entirely by HVAC setting preferences, I’d rather walk away from the job offer.