It’s been two years since I left full-time employment to set up CakeDrop – probably one of the ballsiest things I’ve ever done. Everyone assumes it must have been one of those hair-flicking, strutting out of the office moments… but it really wasn’t. Whilst I was so excited for the future, it wasn’t as if I was desperate to leave my job. Unlike a lot of start-up founders I’ve met over the last couple of years, I never actually despised having to work in an office nor had a burning desire to escape the 9-5 and work for myself. It was simply the case that CakeDrop was an idea I couldn’t let go and the time had come to make it happen!
CakeDrop has its perks (endless cake being one) but there are so many things I miss about office life. Here are my top 10!
LAUGHING EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
Probably the first thing I noticed after only a week working alone – I literally had not laughed once. I hugely underestimated how many things we laughed about each day in the office. Mainly things which you couldn’t laugh about anywhere else or with anyone else, because they are those ridiculous ‘have to be there’ moments, entrenched in layers upon layers of inside jokes and usually derived from late afternoon delerium.
YOUR WORK FRIENDS TRULY ARE YOUR BEST FRIENDS
Office besties are like another level of friend – they seem to know everything about you and are trusted with your deepest secrets because they’re disconnected from everyone else you know.
SHARING SH*T MOMENTS
As soon as you slam down your phone and let out a huge SIGH, there is someone ready to pass you the communal biscuits. Now it just feels really awful when I eat half a pack of biscuits moaning to myself about why the printer won’t connect to my computer (where’s that IT team I had on speed dial?)
Comparing packed lunches, organising group trips to the newest food place and sharing Uber Eats codes to get a week’s worth of free lunches. Good times.
Two of you get chatting in the mirror, before you know it half the office floor is empty and no-one can open the door to get into the ladies toilet.
Not always having to make your own damn cup of tea.
LEANING ON YOUR COLLEAGUES
Nothing beats being able to divert those calls you’d rather avoid to a colleague, especially one that understands your manic “tell them I’m in a meeting” gestures from across the room.
WORK NIGHTS OUT
Free wine. Unproductive mornings. Sleeping at lunchtime.
Getting those juicy all-staff emails that descend the whole office into a real-life soap opera. Who stole Brian’s stapler? Who drank Brenda’s almond milk? Give me all the drama!
Need I say more?
They say once you work for yourself, it is so hard to go back to employed office life. Sure, I think I’d find it hard having to be there between 2-5pm even though I’ve recognised those are my least productive hours. But you know what… I wouldn’t find it hard going back to the little everyday highs of being in a team. Here’s to building our own CakeDrop Team and bringing back all those things I miss!!! Any takers?