Happiness = Productivity
A great cake to top off a great year
As the final icing on our cake this year, we were recognized in the top 5 best places to work in New Zealand. We placed fifth in the 2012 Kenexa Best Workplace Awards, which is a first for us. It’s a big win, considering they had a record number of nearly 300 entries this year.
At MYOB, we have a simple rule. If you want your company to run better, make sure your team is happy. It’s even reflected in our slogan: Love your work.
It sounds cliché but it does work.
When you’re focused on the day-to-day challenges of running and growing a business, cultivating the right workplace environment tends to fall off the priority cliff. For many companies, the workplace culture tends to evolve in an ad hoc manner as the business grows.
However, we’ve found that taking the time to put some thought into what sort of workplace you are creating, pays in the long run. For starters, happy people are productive people.
It all starts with a fun office environment. The central staff space at our Auckland office is themed to look like a holiday bach and our Christchurch office looks like an alpine ski resort. As well as being fun and quirky, this is a great visual reminder that we don’t take ourselves too seriously.
We hold regular events that let people show off their creativity and let their hair down a bit. For example, every year we hold “Reel Purple”, an MYOB film festival where teams of staff members are invited to write, produce and shoot their own short films.
We’ll rent out a movie theatre to screen the films and host our own little ‘Oscars’ ceremony. Events like this let our team come together, build stronger relationships, and have a bit of fun at the same time.
But it’s not all fun and games. For me, the highlight this year has been launching GetOnline with the team to really help NZ businesses go online. So far we’ve helped over 8600 businesses get a website.
That is a great feeling and the result of a huge team effort, specifically, a happy team.