Secret ingredients to quality software


Rules to Better Offices

3 Rules

  1. Do you color-code your keys?

    Keys, we all have them. A key for the front door, a key for the garage, a key to the letterbox, and keys to your office… the list is often endless! How much time do you waste finding the correct key?

    If you allocate each individual lock a color and then tag or colour your keys to match, you can save a lot of time and effort identifying the correct key.

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    Figure: Bad example - Figure: Bad Example - a key bunch with no color-coding, total anarchy!

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    Figure: Good example - color-coded keys with labels, perfect order.

    Tip: While you can buy colored keys, they are not as strong as their silver counterparts, and can break in the locks of heavier doors. Using nail polish to mark your keys, or using a key cover is a better way to go!

  2. Do you identify your online purchases?

    When making an online purchase using the company account, remember to include your name in the postal details so that the item is correctly identified and given to you. Having it sent to the company unidentified or under the boss's name can lead to confusion and the package may end up in limbo. 

  3. Do you have a YOLO Day

    Different businesses have different benefits for their staff. It is important to make sure employee's hard work is acknowledged and appreciated.Some businesses provide extra leave days, salary sacrifice options or free training. You should consider the environment and effectiveness of your benefit provided to staff.Additionally, the benefit has to be cost effective for the business in order for it to be sustainable.

    For example, Zendesk provides a 3 months paid paternity/maternity leave for their staff however, not all small businesses can afford this level of benefit.

    A great workaround that is both beneficial to staff and cost-effective for the business is to provide an encouraged day off per financial year to promote a fun day out. At SSW, we have coined this YOLO Day based on the phrase 'You Only Live Once'.

    Staff should be incentivised to use their YOLO Day to do something productive or fun (e.g. skydiving, windsurfing or house hunting). Then they can share their experiences with fellow colleagues or friends, whilst promoting the benefits available from their place of employment.

    An extra day of unaccruable leave ideally should not damage the business financially and in turn can be promoted within your Employment Procedures or Guidelines as part of recruitment or as a marketing tool for promoting work life balance.

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    Figure: Sky Diving

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