A Day in the Life of a MultiViewer
In my almost four years with MultiView, a recurring scenario happens often: I walk into the building in the morning, wearing my shorts, a polo shirt and flip flops, and get on an elevator only to be surrounded by several others in full suits, working for different companies.
While the other businesses we share the building with are great, it is quickly obvious – mainly by the way we are all dressed — that they probably don’t adhere to our same philosophy on company culture.
For a second, I may feel underdressed but then remember the many times I’ve ridden the same elevator with our CEO dressed similarly to myself.
I think about this often because it is a perfect example of perception versus reality, or old-school versus modern philosophy. If you put all of the occupants of the elevator in a lineup and ask a stranger who the more successful people are, they’d probably instinctively pick those in suits.
There’s an idiom that “clothes make the man,” but that whole premise seems silly now. Steve Jobs wore dad jeans and a black turtle neck. I’m not sure Richard Branson has ever buttoned his shirt higher than the third button. And, Elon Musk is mostly seen doing his best Tony Stark impression in blue jeans, a T-shirt and a randomly colored blazer.
The point here is that cultural perceptions don’t exactly line up with reality anymore. I’m proud to work for MultiView, which has rejected the old-school culture and realized it is OK to like the place you work. That is really what “culture” means to me anyways.
Is your workplace one where an authoritarian environment demands quality work? Or, is it one where people are given the space to produce quality work because they want to?
I’ve worked in both environments and can tell you, the MultiView way is far better.
After stepping off my elevator ride in the morning, I’m greeted by something else that is far different from any other place I’ve worked — a staff of people that want to be there. I’m not delusional, I know most people would rather be at the beach, mountains or in bed with Netflix, but the people I work with have a general happiness about coming together for another day.
Water cooler talk isn’t two people gossiping quietly. Here, it is five people laughing loudly about last night’s softball game or bemoaning watching another season of Cowboys football without Tony Romo.
This certainly doesn’t mean that the work is easy. It isn’t. But, I’ve never been employed where people paid you a good salary to do nothing. You do, though, get treated like an adult, no matter your pay grade, which is something many stuffy old-school companies can’t say.
“My favorite thing about working for MultiView is having the ability to fail,” says content marketing strategist Stephen Peters. “At most companies you aren’t trusted enough to be allowed to try new things. Here, from the day you come on, if you have a good idea, you can try to make it a reality. And if it doesn’t work, people are happy you tried, not mad it failed.”
The morning continues. Calls are placed. Ads are designed. The music from our in-house DJ provides the background beat to money being made. And, once break time rolls around people are again up, socializing, playing a spirited game of ping pong or Mario Kart, and getting a quick unwind from their schedule.
When lunch hits, it is rare to see anyone quietly eating by themselves at their desk. Most are out together or in the office, cutting up with co-workers they enjoy.
After lunch, there is a strong sales push and we drive hard toward our daily goals. Episodes of teamwork and support are evident all around:
- A marketing consultant has talked to a company that needs help on several fronts, so a manager gets the right people together to make sure we can deliver a comprehensive solution to their problems.
- A content editor needs help with some HTML, so a senior team member walks them through what to do.
- In our conference room, teams are being given developmental sales training, so they can best serve our clients.
Working at MultiView is a constant conversation, not just showing up to a cubicle to do individual work.
The end of the day is getting closer, when you get the email that everyone is waiting on. It is Friday and the sales department hit a special goal, so we’re all going home even though it is only 1:30 p.m. After all, part of the culture here is that people need their time, too. We worked hard, so now we get to see our friends and family. (Though many people are probably headed to the bar that is about 200 feet from our building to continue to spend time with the people they work with.)
A day in the life of a MultiView employee is a day of self-determination as other MultiView reviews will tell you. The traditional barriers have been removed that prevent people from willingly doing their best work. And, that is a culture worth keeping.