I talk with individuals who work inside small Orthopedic companies every day. It struck me the other day, that these people are just plain happier.
Small company employees are happier not because of the work, but because of how they are treated.
Small companies work like teams work. The hiring is faster and more humane. The decision making is more direct and less bureaucratic. Work-life balance is usually more natural. The small company culture feels like a family business. Everyone is rowing the same direction and there is transparency. A person in a small company is part of the tribe doing diverse tasks, with more creativity, and less rules. Humans are wired like this, to be flexible and creative, because we all evolved from tribes. Small companies are like tribes. Small companies are more human.
On the other hand, big orthopedics companies are less human.
Big companies are complex systems. The hiring is less personal and confusing. The decision-making is… well, there is no real decision-making. The work-life balance is ignored and the business feels like a giant machine.
The big orthopedic companies expect people to work in a very narrow scope. This is a hangover from the industrial revolution. Big companies want each employee to act as a cog in their giant system. Humans are NOT built for specialization, humans are best when working as generalist creatures.
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” –Robert Heinlein