De-stressing at redpepper!
At redpepper the culture drives everything we do. redpepper is founded on the idea that a great culture that supports our people will drive those people to support our clients. At redpepper, we need to be creative and efficient, but sometimes the best way to get your creative juices flowing so that you can do your best work is to take a break!
The space at redpepper supports creativity by creating places to collaborate as well as places to be alone. While redpepper might seem like a space designed solely for out-there thinking and brainstorming, we understand that after discussing ideas with colleagues it is pivotal to have time to yourself to reflect on previous discussions and expand on these ideas. For example, that’s why we have zone time – time in which there are no meetings, no phone calls, no one-on-one’s – it’s time solely devoted to independent working.
As soon as you walk into redpepper, it’s very clear that you’re not in a typical office. If you’re looking for businessmen in suits, hidden away in their cubicles, then you came to the wrong place. At redpepper, there is a strong culture of creativity, and in order to be creative, there are a bunch of resources to help you to de-stress at work! Here are just some of the ways that I have de-stressed during my internship:
1. Ping Pong – When I first walked into the office, the first thing I noticed was a ping pong table, equipped with paddles and a ping pong ball. I had researched redpepper beforehand and knew that they pride themselves on their fun culture, but I wasn’t sure if this ping pong table was just for show, or if people actually used it. I was happy to learn that people do, in fact, use the ping pong table. Usually in the afternoon, once people start getting tired from working on a project all day, some employees will venture downstairs for a quick game of ping pong to boost their energy for the rest of the day!
2. Putting Green – If ping pong isn’t your thing, redpepper has you covered! Upstairs, one of the corners of the office is adjourned with a putting green where you can practice your putting skills, as long as a dog doesn’t block your shot!
3. Dogs – That’s right, there are dogs!! I was lucky enough to be greeted on my first day by Winnie, an adorable Westie, and was happy to quickly learn that there are always several dogs in the office! If you’re ever feeling overwhelmed with work, just wait a few minutes, and you are guaranteed to be greeted by a four-legged friend in need of a belly rub.
4. Explore Germantown – Did I mention that redpepper is situated in a great section of Nashville. Whenever I’ve been working on a project for a while and want to get some fresh air, I grab another intern and go to one of the many trendy restaurants, all in walking distance from redpepper! There are so many cute places to check out that I discover each time I’m exploring Germantown.
5. Darts – We also have a dart board! If you’ve done everything else on the list and still feel like you need to alleviate some stress from your busy day, take a break and throw some darts at the dart board! And then when you’re done, you can bring some of that focus over to your work!
According to Carl Jung, a Swiss psychologist, “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.” redpepper buys into this theory, and interning at redpepper has showed me firsthand how adding these elements of play to my day help me keep my energy level up and be more creative and productive throughout the workday.
Alyssa Kopf, Production Services intern, New Jersey