As a recent college graduate, the past few months my mind has been overwhelmed with thoughts about occupations, finances, bills, and the overall abundant responsibility of being an “adult.” You strut out of college, degree in hand, feeling fresh and accomplished, and then reality comes crashing down on you, hard. Suddenly, societal norms compel you to find a respectable career whilst sustaining yourself completely (likely for the first time…) The worst part is, that a respectable career does not necessarily suggest an enjoyable career, and for some bogus reason, most people have willingly come to terms with that.
This apparent notion blew my mind. I had friends taking mundane desk jobs, selling their souls to a 6 by 6 cubicle and pretending to be excited about it— simply because it was a job. “Work is work,” “Well ya know, they don’t call it work for nothin’…” I whole-heartedly disagree. Work is your life. We’re talkin’ 9:00 to 5:00, five days a week. I was the strongest advocate of really enjoying those 40 hours that I knew of stepping out of school and that was frightening…until I found redpepper.
At redpepper, work is enjoyable. In fact, let’s rename “work” and call it “happy,” “good,” or “fun.” Productivity comes from enjoying what you do and believing in the way you accomplish it; the people at redpepper understand that. They work hard, and know that the desire to work diligently comes from a love of your environment and those around you. The office in and of itself facilitates positive energy and a strong work ethic. Everything is intentional and strategic, down to the wall surfaces of team rooms and the appropriate hours to play a calm Spotify playlist versus one with the latest trending pop songs. As a part of the on-boarding process, each employee and intern is made aware of his or her DiSC personality type immediately, bringing a deeper appreciation and efficiency to the manner in which each person “does his thing.” They care, a lot; and they think about everything. It is no surprise to me that redpepper is a wildly successful marketing agency in that regard. It just makes sense. It’s a unique selection of talented, brilliant individuals who like what they’re doing, who they’re with, and how they do it. They want to be here. Each individual’s personality fits his or her position and promotes business wide efficiency. Appropriate placement in an office like this reaps beautiful rewards; you can’t put a fish out of water and expect it to be happy. Those who work at redpepper are in their respective departments based on how they work on an internal level, which makes for a well-organized professional environment, and happy, fulfilled employees. Once again, it is so intentional. And from an intern’s perspective, I was able to soak that up in a duration of about two days.
This uniquely brilliant business gives me newfound hope about adult life. You should absolutely like what you do, and not settle for the assumed lackluster path of so-called “success.” Rather find some place where you enjoy what you’re doing, where you are, and how you’re doing it. It promotes self-worth and gives you motivation to constantly improve yourself, something I am repeatedly reminded of as an intern at redpepper. I, for one, am just elated to have been able to experience such an environment. I undoubtedly will never forget it nor settle for less in the future. Kudos, redpepper, you have sold me.
Mia Dilworth, Studio Group Intern, Chattanooga, TN