Gone are the days when you would wake up early in the morning, put on your fresh pressed formal clothes and that dreadfully colorful tie, make your way drearily to work and sit down on your desk for the next 8 hours working like a robot.
Those old days of a corporate job are better suited in the anecdotes of your parents or those banker friends of yours. If you’re looking to stay up-to-date with the modern world, you must work at a startup. Those colorful pictures of Google’s offices? Not just in pictures. Every startup has that casual, fun and exciting vibe. Get with it.
Here’s why a startup job is the only job for you:
Hate the idea of waking up right on the dot every morning and being at the office at exactly 9am? And then getting an ear-load from your manager about being late? Or having your salary cut because you’ve been late a few times? Doesn’t happen at a startup. – even if your boss has showed up to the office before you.
Everyone dreads their boss, right? Wrong. At a startup, your boss is not the typical “boss”, some even hate being called that. It’s a team, people.
My boss brought these to work on #Friday morning to, and I quote "only to tempt [me] out of bed, early". #BossMan knows me well ? #WorkLife #donuts #green #brown #white #chocolate #fudge #sprinkles #breakfastofchampions #brekkie #instamorning #instagood #instalove #insta #foodporn #foodphotography #foodgasm #foodie #food #sweettreats #sugarrush #startuplife #followtrain #gainpost #Lahore #dunkindonuts #glazed #yummyinmytummy
So everyone knows you have to work much harder at a startup. Leikin, you’re actually excited to go into work because you feel like you’re actually doing something valuable.
You are so busy enjoying creating new things that you don’t even worry about the time.
There is no hierarchy since everyone is a team member working with the same vision of simply being awesome. And there is no bureaucracy because if you are the social media person, you may also be the HR guy, and the sales person. So no overly complicated protocols to remember and your boss is not just the CEO he is also the graphics designer and the team cheerleader. #saynotosethculture
You can wear whatever you want to work. Even your PJs (if you can pass them on as a “halloween costume” :P). Also your office doesn’t look like a soul sucking enterprise!
But your family is happy as long as you’re going to an office. Baccha office toh ja raha hai.
But that’s the beauty of getting to create something unique and out of the box.
Ever get to the office and already feel low in spirits because you know exactly what the rest of the day is going to be like? Sit in a cubicle and can’t stand it anymore?
Being at a startup, you’re expected to play different roles at different times. And so, you’re constantly learning new ideas and topics that can help grow your startup at a rocket pace.
Somehow, this seems to be a common thing among startups across the globe (not that it’s a bad thing). But it doesn’t just stop with food – there’s also limitless amounts of chai involved!
In some Pakistani offices, the admin blocks your social media access. In some places, they block your complete internet access. Not the case at startups. In fact, to keep updated with the going ons around the world, you must consume ALL the media. #winning
Your startup is part of the early adopters of cool new technology, utility apps and all sorts of crazy developments. Why? Because that’s how the “new” world works. Although, chances are that most people in Pakistan won’t even know about that new cool app you’re using (for example: Slack).
Yes ladies, this is true. #breakingbarriers
People appreciate your contribution and not just your boss. But your boss’s boss. So basically the entire company.
And that’s why working at a startup will always be better than a corporate job where you have to show your face, wear formal attire and pretend like you’re doing something valuable.
If you’re looking to learn more about the startup culture and how it’s redefining the work environment in Pakistan, you should attend Demo Day at Arfa Technology Park and meet the different startups at the event.