Rules to Better Offices

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  1. Rules to Better Recruitment

    ​Do you have trouble finding amazing developers?! Here is how we do it!

    ​​At SSW we do not use recruiters, instead we rely on word of mouth for referrals, or we advertise a position using LinkedIn. We find that the filters on LinkedIn are a good way of attracting people with the correct skills. You can choose up to 10 skills per ad, saving you a lot of time.

    We also try to make our ads interesting and fun to help them stand out. For example, when we needed a new State Manager for Brisbane, we needed someone with a Business mind, who also knew our industry inside and out. So we created the title "A Business Guy (once a wannabe developer)". This got people's attention, and got us the right person for the job!

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    Fi​g​ure: Good example - Our "Business Guy" role as show​n on our website.

    Once we have our candidates, we call them for a chat, put them through a communications challenge, and then a coding challenge. This ensures that we find people who are the right cultural fit for our company, as well as a kick arse consultant and coder.

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    Image: SSW's recruitment process.


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  2. Do you colour-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 color 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: You can buy colored key copies - so coding is even easier, no tags required!

  3. Do you know how to make newcomers feel welcome?

    ​The first day of a new job can be daunting.  For the new starter, the workplace is unfamiliar, their colleagues are strangers, and there’s so much to learn they think their head might explode.  All up, it’s a stressful time.

    There are few simple ways to help new hires feel more comfortable as they adjust to their new workspace: ​

    Before they start:

    Prior to the newcomer’s arrival, make sure their desk and work area are clean by giving the desktop, monitor, mouse and keyboard a wipe with a damp cloth. Then test that the equipment on their desk, such as the computer, phone and any other electronics, is in good working condition.

    ​​The day before they start:

    Give them a call and make sure they're ready and know what to bring with them, what to wear, etc.

    At SSW we give the newcomers the option to bring their own equipment, so make sure to ask them before they start.

    On their first day:

    On the newcomer’s first day, have the manager leave a short “welcome to the company” handwritten note and a cup of good coffee at the newcomer’s workstation to greet them first thing. (The welcome message could even be written ON the cup if possible.)

    Other nice day 1 gifts could include:

    • A mug
    • A map of the area with some cool things pointed out (good coffee spots, restaurants, etc.)
    • Use a blank notebook to write a welcome note and put handy hints inside, then they can continue to use the notepad during induction!
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    Good example: Personal, fun welcome to SSW Sydney with all of the good food and coffee tips​!


    It’s also a nice idea to take the newbie out to lunch on their first day so they can get to know their co-workers outside of the office. NB: check if they have any special dietary requirements.

    These are some a thoughtful ways to show the new hire that the company is pleased to have them on board, and leaves them with a good first impression of their new workplace.