When that job offer came my way from SpringPeople a fortnight ago, I was ecstatic. New beginnings are exciting. Due diligence stamped the startup as a positive start and I accepted the offer. But a bit of uncertainty prevailed about issues like my career growth and work environment.
I was a bundle of nerves on my Joining Day! Excitement, apprehension, butterflies, I was feeling it all.
After a rather uneasy breakfast, I reached the SpringPeople office before schedule. At 9:30 am sharp, my HR POC guided me to the Induction Room for the routine document festival. Straight away an HR checklist was provided and we ticked off each agenda item. The entire process of signing and handing over documents was smooth, meticulously planned and organized.
Soon after, my manager welcomed me to SpringPeople and we were off to meet my team. What struck me about them was how upbeat everyone was! They were thrilled to meet me and couldn’t wait for me to join them. The camaraderie in the team was pretty palpable. The warm welcome extended by my colleagues told me I was in a friendly work place. (By the way, the nerves were almost out the door now.)
I believe organizational culture is the soul of any workplace. At SpringPeople, I felt the atmosphere is Open, Supportive and Innovative. I have noticed everyone around here is brimming with ideas. No one is too new to offer a suggestion and I have already participated in our teamâ€™s electric brainstorming sessions. I also feel an open sitting space helps make teams function optimally. Everyone has a dedicated work space but whether it is the cubicles or the big hall, the design ensures the work space isnâ€™t restrictive and allows for easy access. The working bay layout definitely makes daily interactions fun and enthralling. Senior Managers have dedicated cabins but they are mostly seen wandering the work bays ideating with the teams.
After a quick team meetup and tour of the pristine office, I was back to the Induction Room. There was a lot to learn about the company, work ethics, policies and SpringPeople services. The Knowledge Transfer Sessions were intense and extremely engaging. Day 1 sessions laid the foundation for the extended training in the days ahead.
There is still so much to absorb though. The training bay is always buzzing with activity. I interacted with a few trainers & trainees during the day. All around me there were passionate technology discussions or new ideas being bounced around. It was like participating in a tech palooza. I was most taken by everyoneâ€™s zeal to contribute towards SpringPeopleâ€™s success! The geeky, rousing vibe is addictive & stirring and makes one want to exceed expectations.
But it isnâ€™t all about work. Eating is clearly important and is a relaxing experience here. The Cafeteria is an open-air terrace setup with a fab view. A trip to the CafÃ© is sure to leave you full and fresh! The snacks are to die for; a variety of popular picks in savory snacks and yummy beverages. (Confession: I made a few trips back and forth). Besides the CafÃ©, employees hang out in the vibrant recreational area with a choice of impressive board games to dive into. From what I have heard there are theme- based team outings and events, (Did some digging and found the below video as well!!) something I am looking forward to.
By the end of Day 1, I had a fair sense of what working at SpringPeople is like. Work-life balance is not just a myth around here; it is actually practiced! The option of flexi timing is available and everyone believes in complete work ownership. Employees are driven, self-motivated and responsible. The leadership is participative and micromanagement is just not their style. I am already excited about the prospect of working alongside smart, creative colleagues who live off of challenges and new ideas.
The past few days have been exhausting, exhilarating and educative. But I feel a sense of belonging already. It is just the beginning but I do believe I have a friendly, professional and empowering culture to thrive in.
Keep following my adventures here at SpringPeople.