Secret ingredients to quality software

SSW Foursquare

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.

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

    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. 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"?

    It's important that staff feel appreciated, expand their horizons, and also that they celebrate each others' successes. A great way to do all of these is to give them an additional day of Annual Leave each year, and encourage them to use it to do something remarkable.

    At SSW, we have called this our "YOLO Day", based on the phrase "You Only Live Once".

    Staff should be incentivised to use their YOLO Day to do something fun that they they don't normally do, e.g. skydiving, windsurfing, etc.

    They should then share what they did with their colleagues, reminding everyone why this is such a cool place to work 😊

    If you use this in your own company, add it to the list of perks that you offer everyone. e.g.

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    Figure: Sometimes people need a nudge to do something they'll remember for ever

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