One of my first interviews for a full-time job was at a company that touted a family atmosphere. The manager described the employees as a tight knit group, emphasizing the importance of hiring someone with the right fit. He proudly declared how his employees tended to do everything together, including sharing dinner – on the company’s dime, of course.
Looking around the building, I noted that although people appeared content, they also seemed tired. Most of the employees described the company as a great place to work – but their boss was sitting at the table when they said it.
When the interviewer asked me if I had children or planned to have children, that they needed someone young and energetic with no family ties to distract from work, I knew the job wasn’t for me. I left the interview and never looked back.
I was reminded of this experience when I saw an article describing a new invention from Studio NL called a nap desk. It has a compartment under the workspace designed for sleeping that can be closed when not in use.
Although this invention is innovative in concept and design, I would run from any employer that uses it.
What do you think?
May the farce be with you!