It seems obvious that we should feel good about going to work considering we spend on average a third of our lifetimes working, however this is not always the case as we tend to choose our jobs based on criteria other than happiness.
There are as many corporate environments as there are companies. A variety of atmospheres, organisations and company cultures can be distinguisher on either side of the extremes; some good, some bad. It all comes down to two types of workers; those who make up in the morning and look forward to going to work and those who are riddled with doubt and anguish at the prospect of going to. It is no wonder many of the latter suffer psychological consequences.
In fact, following a study conducted by TNS-ILReS (2010), nearly 43 % of Luxembourg employees claim to be under constant pressure, 20% of which have experienced burn-outs. This trend continues to spread. Although the levels in Luxembourg remain lower than in other European capitals, most likely due to the high quality of life that Luxembourg offers.
Many specialists, doctors and sociologists now refer to burn-out as the disease of the century.
A fulfilled worker encourages productivity and efficiency!
To achieve greatness, workers must be trusted and validated. Also it is important to have a good understanding of oneself and to understand what type of company best suits our personality and motivations. Luxembourg is an interesting setting to test this theory because the segmentation of companies is very pronounced. There are banks, the Big Four, law practices, investment fund ManCos, commercial companies not forgetting the emergence of a brand new class: Start-ups!
Concerning the work environment, start-ups can be segmented like any other sector. There are iconic examples such as Microsoft or apple, previously Macintosh; Worldwide success stories than began with a few clever engineers in a garage!
A start-up is first and foremost about adventure, ingenuity and an ability to make the best out of the least. These shape versatility, solidarity and team spirit. But this type of structure is suited to everyone. These youthful enterprises demand a strong dose of autonomy, selflessness and problem solving abilities from their teams.
We do not keep track of our work hours either, often required to work evening or weekends! A start-up’s success in a competitive environment relies largely on the quality of the talents it is composed of as well as their ability to complement each other. Investors continuously insist that they invest in people before the solution! Based on the confidence they have in the teams to achieve their objectives.