It's no secret that remote work has taken hold of the American workforce. While clocking-in from home has its benefits, there's something uniquely special about an in-person tech startup culture. Let's dive in.
1. Fostering Creativity and Innovation
The office is a gold mine for brainstorming, collaboration, and spontaneous innovation. Coffee breaks and quick catch-ups routinely turn into an organic buzz and energy that unlocks new potential.
For example, at Contrast, our team comes together at the whiteboard each week to get fresh perspectives on our most pressing individual challenges. These sessions allow us to build on each other's ideas and come up with solutions that we never would have thought of on our own.
2. Building Stronger Team Bonds
Connecting over video calls? It works. But there’s magic in sharing a space, laughs, or even just giving an appreciative nod after a job well done. Face-to-face interactions create camaraderie that virtual work just can't quite replicate.
At Contrast, we make an effort to build strong team bonds. We have regular team meals, happy hours, and social events. We also encourage collaboration throughout the day. As a result, we have a team that is close-knit and supportive.
3. Accelerating Learning and Skill Development
In a startup, you’ve got to be on your toes, always ready to learn. And while online tutorials are great, nothing beats the side-by-side, learn-as-you-go approach. With experienced colleagues around, you can pick up on things quicker than you'd think to overcome even the most ambitious challenges.
Everyone on the Contrast team is constantly learning. We encourage cross-team mentorship, taking on new challenges, and complimenting each others' strengths.
4. Enhancing Communication and Decision-Making
Yes, emails and Slack have their place. But, done right, in-person chats maximize effective communication, which is the foundation for company success. Quick feedback, instant clarifications, and the chance to read someone’s body language – it’s the whole package.
At Contrast, we communicate openly and honestly with each other, and we regularly seek out and provide feedback. Team meetings are utilized to ensure everyone's on the same page and making informed decisions.
5. Strengthening Company Culture
Every startup has its own unique culture. Where does it come from? It’s born out of in-person interaction. Late night white board sessions, collective "what are we going to do" moments, shared celebrations, and going to dinner and drinks after work - this is how strong culture is crafted.
Contrast has a strong company culture that's rooted in our mission to improve the lives of healthcare providers and their patients. Consistent with our mission, our team values human connection, innovation, respect, and excellence. We believe our culture is one of our greatest assets, and we work hard to build it with intention.
While the flexibility of remote work is nice, the perks of an in-person work culture are undeniable. Virtual work simply can't match the collaborative innovation, team building, fast-paced learning, effective communication, and strong sense of togetherness that come from being physically present with your team.
Apply now to join Contrast if this resonates with you and you're interested in being a part of a team that values in-person collaboration. Let's create something amazing together.