So, I had the glass window and my own private office. A gorgeous view of Manhattan and several snowstorms later, I realized: guys, I've made it but I wasn't "really feeling it". Damn. Don't get me wrong, having my own space with a view was amazing. But it wasn't quite cutting it for me because it didn't fill the void, as they say.
Fluorescent lighting, a lonely environment mixed with a combination of uninspiring work = daily migraines and counting down the minutes to leave. Not a pretty picture. So you see, it's not about the fancy bells and whistles. Sometimes it's more about the RIGHT kind of needs and desires.
Some necessities for me personally:
- An open-plan environment ideally with tall ceilings to inspire lofty ideas (yep I said it!) and natural lighting.
- Being able to directly collaborate with people rather than always relying on email. This saves confusion among zillions of emails and also is fun, too.
- Doing work that matters and is inspiring. Without this, what's the point?
What are your necessities? Think:
- Work environment
- People you collaborate with or solo
- Ways you can bring your talent
- Ways your talent is needed
- Location, where do you want to be
Sometimes knowing what you DON'T want is even more important than you do want.