The ethos at my first job out of law school: Get here at 7:30 am, work hard, bill 10-12 hours, leave after your boss. And, by the way, nobody here smiles.
The message: you’re on shaky ground, don’t trust us.
The ethos at my daughter’s first job out of college: Get here, work hard, put in 8 or 9 hours, use your judgment, have a life outside work. And by the way, everybody here smiles.
The message: we’re happy you’re here, do great things, we trust you.
Where could you shine?
Smile. Respect. Build trust. Help everyone do their best work.