“Work hard, play hard.”
“A family that plays together stays together.”
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
There must be a reason that so many clichés speak to the importance of play. I can’t imagine how we, at TheLadders, could work so well together and accomplish so much if we didn’t grow closer outside of the 9-5. It’s not just the mandatory office happy hours and celebrations of successful projects I’m talking about; we choose to share our off-work interests and time with each other. So last week, a bunch of us wrapped up planning meetings at our Soho office to head up to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens to watch a few US Open matches.
It’s fair to say we were drawn there for different reasons: the tennis fan from marketing was there for the love of the game, the sports fanatic on our tech team wanted to keep up with the latest of competitive tournaments, and I myself was especially excited to see my countryman, Novak Djokovic, take some names. So we all learned a bit from each other about the rules of tennis and the history of the US Open (did you know they changed from grass courts to hard courts, after a brief trial with clay courts?).
Getting outside the office with your coworkers in a new context diminishes the usual hierarchies and allows you to enjoy your team in a new light. So if I could leave you with one last cliché, I’d say TheLadders likes to “work harder, play harder, and win together!”
Selena Hadzibabic heads up the Product team at TheLadders. Having worked on both the job seeker and recruiter side of the product, she is no longer cheer-leading either side: she just wants to put the right people in touch with each other.