Small Things at Work
My brother worked for a major telecommunications company for 17 years. When he heard they were offering redundancies he begged to be made redundant and he was – benefit being a great pay out which he plonked straight onto his mortgage.
As he is a specialist in a technology field it didn’t take him long to land a new job with a 100 year old iconic brand. The thing that really resonated with me was he was so enamored with the small things about his new company. The things maybe we all take for granted. You see his high tech modern new office had two espresso machines, they offered fruit for their staff each day, and they had a cookie jar. He is still talking about it a year or so later.
Conversely, I recall the very strong reaction from staff at my last employer when they removed very basic small things, like instant coffee, tea and milk. This was a Global GFC cost cutting measure, it saved 10m a year – but people are still hurt by this move.
Now at my new employer who have fridges on every floor stocked with soft drinks, juice, espresso machines, fruit, cookies, etc…I joke with my wife how I feel guilty taking anything – how quickly we are programmed.
I guess, in the end, it is surprising how the impact of small things can really influence how people feel about the place they work in. I wonder if the 10m saved at my former employer resulted in 100m lost productivity as 400,000 people buy 1 to 2 coffees per day.
If your workplace serves you well in the small things then stop and appreciate it, and if it doesn’t then dream for a better corporate life.