Funny that I should be interviewed tonight on national radio (in New Zealand) about the benefits of work-life balance, considering I’m a certifiable workaholic! But there ya go. It’s because I, and the rest of my management team, know how to take care of our staff, as testified to in the glowing work-life balance case study on the New Zealand Department of Labor’s website (which is how the radio host found me in the first place).
With an office a block from a beautiful sandy beach (not to mention cafes and quaint retail shops all within a short walking distance), an outdoor deck with patio furniture and barbeque grill, a lounge area with couches to relax, an arcade game, gourmet coffee machine, breakfast bar, and frisbees and balls to kick around, you’d be a mug to not want to work for Netconcepts! 😉 You might wonder how we get any work done! It doesn’t stop there: we’re flexible with staff on work schedules; we look after each employee’s CV by giving them opportunities to learn and advance their skills; we take the staff out to nice restaurants when we’ve had things to celebrate; we bring brunch in on Fridays; we take the occasional ‘field trip’ like go-karting; and we’ll even bring the ‘field trip’ to us (like the time last month when we rented a Segway scooter for the day and they brought it on-site!).
What’s the lesson in this for you, the reader? It’s simply this: getting the best out of your web team or your “creatives” requires nurturing the whole person and providing a fun, flexible environment condusive to innovation. And frankly, it’s one of the best investments you can make!