Lemme tell you a little about this new job of mine…
The biggest draw for me was the flexibility. I don’t just mean the fact that it’s a hybrid position (though that’s great, too); TobacCo is real big on work/life balance, so they operate on core hours — certain times where everybody needs to be working. These are:
- Mon. – Thurs.: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Fri.: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
That’s 27 mandatory hours. You can get to 40 hours for the week however you like. If you want to work longer days, take shorter lunches, eat lunch at your desk while working, you’re free to do so. A lot of people do this to bank hours so they can leave early on Friday. Umm, me included. Duh! Also, because of those core hours, unless I arrive at 9:01, I won’t be late. I’m an early riser and have made it to the office every day this week by 8:00, so that is never going to be an issue for me. It’s just nice to have that freedom and not have to worry about racing to beat the clock. If I want to sleep in one morning, roll in later, and skip a lunch, I can still leave at 5:00.
Guys, this is revolutionary. I have never worked for a company with such schedule flexibility. It’s a huge perk. Tara and I are planning a weekend getaway for our anniversary toward the end of the month, and I’ll be able to leave at noon for the three-hour drive up north. There will be many instances where this comes in handy.
And, it’s not like I took a step down or anything. The salary is the highest I’ve ever earned in my working career. The work is interesting and varied. My coworkers and boss are all super chill. I don’t know how many times a person can hit the jackpot when it comes to jobs, but it seems like everything keeps coming up triple 7s for this Madtown Migrant.
Tuesday was my first day, and the CEO and Director of Marketing took me and another new person who started that day out to lunch in downtown Janesville. That was a nice, warm welcome. I know I’ve bagged on the town a bit — I learned yesterday that the locals refer to Janesville as “Chainsville” because it’s like one giant strip mall driving into town — but Wednesday, I discovered the very charming town square, a three-minute drive from the office. Parked my car, ate my sandwich on a bench overlooking the Rock River, and strolled around for a bit. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, which made for an ideal lunch half-hour (see above: banking time).
Granted, I probably won’t be sitting in the town square eating lunch come January, but right now? I love it.
What I don’t love? The way everybody around here loves the Green Bay Packers. It’s an obsession (which, of course, I knew coming in). I’ve already let everybody know I’m a Broncos fan, and nobody has given me much grief for that. The real sin around here is to be a Bears fan. That Chicago-Green Bay rivalry ain’t no joke.
Because this is Packers country, you see their colors everywhere. Even on the garbage cans, as I discovered this morning.
OK, so maybe on that spin, it’s 7-7-6.