Oct. 29, 2012
-- The Sunday Star Times
ran an article last week entitled ‘Is Your Job Working for you?’ Basically it was to do with fun, or the absence of it in the workplace. Surprisingly, most workers are
interested in seeing their organisation succeed but they need to feel that they are appreciated. They don’t need to be told that they should be grateful to be working at all and even though the job market is tough, a startling two thirds of workers said they were actively hunting for a new job.
Entrepreneur Tony Falkenstein, founder of chilled water company ‘Just Water’ says there are plenty of ways to make a workplace fun. “If it’s hot”, says Falkenstein, “I’ll pop up the road and buy 100 ice-creams on a stick and deliver them to my staff. Fun is cheap and it’s the small things that count”. His Just Water company lays on subsidised staff massages, there’s an outdoor area and couches to relax on and there is free fruit and internet available for private use. There are monthly staff drinks, and awards are handed out based on nominations by staff. Falkenstein [ http://www.justwater.co.nz/about-us/history
] says new employees are told “we’re in business for fun and profit – and by that we mean that we want you to enjoy your time here as you are spending more time here than with your family. However, we need to make a profit so we expect you to work diligently while you are here”.
The fact is that even in these tough economic times, there are other jobs out there, especially for high performers and if the survey is right and one third of employees are actively looking to move to another job “you can’t be complacent – that’s a lot of people to lose”.
So, as well as the ice-creams and staff massages, you can be sure that the staff at Just Water are drinking great filtered water which is what the company is all about. A filtered water [ http://www.justwater.co.nz/products/direct-connect
] system in the home or office eliminates the need to buy expensive bottled water, saving money all round. The beauty of the Just Water Filter is that it doesn’t require an additional tap on the bench top, which can interfere with working space. The Just Water Filter has the equivalent capacity of 93,000 x 600ml water bottles. This will comfortably last 12 months in the home and that is guaranteed or they will provide a replacement filter at no charge. For more information on this product go to their website at http://www.justwater.co.nz