Startup life looks grossly similar to college life.
Colleges (and some high schools) have turned to into work hard/play hard campuses to attract more students. So why are we surprised that millennials/snakepeople look for the same attributes in a work place?
We’re getting the workforce we designed for:
- games – sporting events, ping pong, rec rooms, gyms
- good food / cafe / cafeteria
- “cool” – whatever is “cool” – white on white minimalism and succulents or reclaimed barn meets steampunk
- parties. drinking. day drinking. after hour drinks. DRINK.
- flexible schedules – work (study/attend class) from home, in the morning, in the afternoon, at night, whenever you want
- wear whatever you want – sweatpant dress pants!
- tight community – kinda insular, competitive
- proximity – urban centers, bike and walk everywhere, no cars
If workplaces want to attract this demographic, they should look towards top-rated “campus life” colleges for inspiration. And maybe this is why younger companies are living Startup Life (College Life) well past their prime. It’s unbecoming.
#COLLEGE LIFE –or– #STARTUPLIFE?
Hint: women in tech is less than 20%