We’re well into the 21st century, where exercise balls are used as desk chairs and coworking spaces are in an all-out war to be the office with the hippest decor. No longer are the days of a pot of drip coffee and bland white walls in the staff break room. Many young job-seekers expect ergonomic workspaces with modern furnishings and a game room à la Silicon Valley. Times have changed, and employees are looking for more than just a paycheck to keep them coming to the office. They expect inspirational surroundings, employee benefits, a little bit of flexibility in their working hours, and—most importantly—fulfillment.
Throughout the past few decades, there has been a shift in the western world’s working mentality. Young professionals are more focused on finding fulfillment in their careers instead of just income or job security, and passion seems to be the main ingredient that leads to such fulfillment. So, how does Pointer satisfy their employees’ workspace requirements? We asked four of our current employees about their experiences with working at Pointer. They work in different departments and with different teams, but they can all call themselves part of the Pointer family.
So, with these expectations in mind, what does Pointer bring to the table to meet the high working standards of young employees? Take a look at the following five necessities that Pointer proudly provides.
It’s the first thing you notice when you walk into a new office. You feel the vibe, you get a sense of what the office culture is like. It’s what immediately separates a corporate office from a startup. Whether that means beanbag chairs and lava lamps or classy paintings and crisp workspaces, you can generally get a feeling of the atmosphere within your first few minutes of stepping into a new environment. At Pointer, we make it a point to instill a balance of professionalism and playfulness, which is a reflection of the people we attract. Life can’t be all work and no play—not even work life, which is why we try to imbue our company with some playful alternatives. Since we deal in a serious business, which can often be stressful and weighty, we have ping pong, foosball, and a PlayStation ready for whenever a Pointer employee needs a light break. When we asked a Pointer personnel from the development team what he thinks is the defining factor that makes a working environment so positive he responded, “a symbiotic, harmonious and fortuitous relationship between colleagues; a team is greater than the sum of its parts.”
In many cases, the aspect that can make all the difference between heading in to work every morning with a smile on your face and going for pure duty. Your fellow employees can make or break your experience in the company, and we pride ourselves on recruiting top talent with top characters. Our HR department goes out of their way to make sure our new recruits are the right fit. Some core elements of what we look for in possible Pointer employees are that they be dynamic, passionate, and friendly; we seek receptive individuals who are always open to new recruits, which is important since we’re continuing to grow quickly. And to top it off, we have over 30 nationalities in our very international team, which always makes for engaging lunch conversations. Whether it’s staying after work for a couple of drinks on Fridays or challenging a colleague to an intense game of ping pong, there are plenty of opportunities to get to know each other and connect on a more personal level. These interpersonal connections are deeply important in making your work-life feel comfortable, relaxing, and pleasant. During the interview, one of our Business Development Managers reinforced this point by stating, “one of my favorite things about working here is the international environment of young, professional people. I love the environment my team and I have built up between us, which is one of the reasons why I still look forward to coming to work every day, even after being here for five years.”
As has been noted, employees need more than just a job; they need to feel valued. How does an organization show they value their employees? With fair treatment and, of course, employment benefits. Benefits can come in the form of a Christmas bonus, extra holiday days or travel reimbursements. Anything that indicates the company knows their employees are human beings and not robots. At Pointer, we offer our employees a number of perks, including a significant pension plan to help our employees at a later stage of life. In addition to this, we provide 25 vacation days, travel reimbursements for home-work commuting, a fully-stacked kitchen, free Dutch classes, free weekly bootcamp, as well as monthly “borrels” where we gather the whole Amsterdam team and have pizza, beer, and discuss the happenings of the previous month. Perks aren’t the reason someone should take a position, but they are a nice added bonus to a position that they’re passionate about.
One of the generational changes in the labor force is the focus on what some call “work-life balance,” which basically comes down to the idea that your entire world should not revolve around your work. A 2017 Deloitte Millennial Survey found that 80% of respondents agreed that organizations who offer flexibility in their working hours have a positive impact on their work-life balance. Everyone needs a personal life—time for friends, family, relaxing, hobbies, or whatever it if they like to do in their spare time. What Pointer offers to feed this need is flexibility. We encourage our employees to work from home one day per week, so long as they have the tools necessary to perform their duties. As well, we have flexible working hours; all of our employees can choose whether they’d like to start early and leave early or start late and leave later, accommodating both morning people and non-morning people. Also, in terms of flexibility, our company structure is rather flat and non-hierarchical—which means we allow for plenty of autonomy in every role, leading to both personal and professional growth. During the interview, we asked a Pointer representative from our HR department what she thought the most important element for a positive working environment was, and she responded with, “For me personally that would collaboration and openness to other people’s opinions.” She continued, “I like the freedom and the flexibility [at Pointer], as well as the sense of ownership. I feel trusted by the management to do the job the way I think it should be done.”
Lastly, and most prominently, a pleasant working experience means being passionate about the work you do. This usually comes down to having similar values as the company you work for and believing in its product/service/mission. At Pointer, we find that it’s easy to be passionate about work that is benefitting both our clients and the general public. There’s a nobility in brand protection that feeds our staff with a sense of altruism. Lawyers are typically passionate by nature, and giving them an active enemy to fight against makes for rewarding work. In addition to our team of lawyers, we also provide compelling scenarios for our investigators, and we’re constantly challenging our development team by soliciting unending innovation. Each of these passionate parts makes the passionate sum of Pointer Brand Protection. One of our eager lawyers had this to say about the value of the work itself: “I really like how important or job is for our clients when performing by a practical approach that takes months or even years for courts. Our clients normally value their time as much as their money, and one of the most important assets of Pointer is celerity.”
Do you agree with our top five necessary company requirements? If this blog post inspired you to want to work with us, you can take a look at our currently available positions here. We invite you to apply today and start fighting online crime with us!