When Angus and Doug brought me on this project just over 2 years ago, I was under the impression that I’d be a lowly contract employee. Turns out these boys want me to have a piece of this company, bless their hearts (and curse their brains). I scrambled to borrow as much cash as possible from families and friends and I finally have enough to justify leaving Calgary and moving to Halifax. I just had one major end to tie up: quitting my job.
Now, for most people, quitting their job is a freeing experience. My great friend Nick (thanks for the chunk of loan, by the way) said something years ago that stuck with me: never get emotionally attached to your employer. How can you not, though? (At the very least, you’ll get Stockholm syndrome and swear your boss is a decent Joe.) For me, the measure of a job has always been emotional. Why, my years at Giant Tiger were as good as any because I loved the people I worked with. Not to mention that fabulous smock flattered my figure.
My current engineering gig was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the highway to beer town, a catalyst to get me from Seattle to Angus so we could wrap up the business plan, yet I ended up really enjoying the challenge of this job. The Calgary flood left us with plenty to deal with, personally and professionally, but I’ve learned boat-loads and developed skills that don’t come naturally for me.
I didn’t know how to break it to my team lead that I was quitting, so I did the only thing that seemed reasonable: I brought him to the strip club and told him there mid-show. And you know what? He took it really well. He was not only thankful for the advance notice, but also supportive of the move and even a little envious. My manager, who is also leaving the company, added: “Working one week for yourself is more worthwhile than working one day for someone else.” Now, how can you not get emotionally attached to people like that?
I think that may be the real reason behind this brewery. Sure, it’s about making great beer and supporting local businesses and all that, but it’s also about injecting our personalities into a company. It’s about playing by our rules, eliminating the HR concept of work-life balance, and getting emotionally attached. As much as I respect my buddy Nick’s mantra, I believe that if your job is worthwhile, you should be emotionally attached. Just… try not to fall in love with the strippers.