Walk into the White Springs offices and you will find a pool table, table tennis, sofas and chill out areas. You may even find that some staff are away from the office, working flexibly from other locations. It’s acknowledged that getting results matters more than where they are produced and a relaxed working environment and flexible working makes staff more productive.
Creativity and team work
By its nature, coding is a creative and intense profession. Taking time away from the screens and allowing for play stimulates the mind and boosts creativity. Coding is also collaborative process where knowledge is shared freely. Some of the toughest challenges often get solved with pool cues in hand.
‘Working as a developer can actually involve a great deal of interaction with others across the business.’ –Guardian Using play helps to build closer working relationships and encourages a wider team spirit.
Giving the brain a break
It helps to step away from the challenges that arise daily as a software developer. Giving the brain a break helps it to come up with the solutions you are looking for. ‘Going for a walk, playing, all of these activities are part of the human repertoire for a good reason. They actually are helping the brain restore itself.’ -Daniel Goleman
Flexible working around family life and time zones
White Springs has always been a family-oriented company. We organise social, family days and know the names of each other’s partners, children and, even, pets! The importance of allowing flexible working patterns for parents and cannot be underestimated. It increases staff motivation and loyalty and reduces staff turnover.
Having offices abroad means that meetings across time zones often have to take place outside of regular office hours. We use software such as Skype and GoTo Meeting in order to keep in touch with our staff and colleagues both locally and abroad.
We find that the result is not only increased productivity but also greater job satisfaction for our employees.