One of the most successful entrepreneurs of the last century once said “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs.
At Kilimanjaro, we believe it is essential to love your work. We suggest a few things that can make this easier for everyone. Kilimanjaro collectively agrees that the key to start loving your work is a combination of the organizational culture and the environment we work in. We are not afraid to say our team is our greatest asset, both because of their quality skills and the ability to adapt to the unique tribal culture that we pride ourselves on.
Birth of the Tribe
It was almost 13 years ago that Kilimanjaro established a company that to this day strives to support businesses with their journey of growth using carefully chosen and implemented ERP software. As our team has grown from a mere two tribe members to over 60 MYOB specialists, the company has continued to flourish. We have achieved this through the proper structure. This gives every employee a voice and encourages the vision ‘farmers, not hunters’. The creation of this unique culture has been nourished and continues throughout all our offices. Therefore, we would like to share our Tribes’ secrets on how to make your team love their work.
At Kilimanjaro, we believe in the African saying “Ubuntu” which means I exist because you exist, and you exist because I exist. Everyone here is treated equally which inspires a constantly encouraging workplace environment. This atmosphere allows employees to believe that they can develop their own skills and personality to coincide with the business, which is key to maintaining long-term employees that respect the business. To find out more about how to create this encouraging atmosphere, have a read of ‘It’s baby steps as new employees learn your environment’ written by our managing director. Above all, we don’t see the benefits of a command and control environment. Creating a positive space for our team creates a positive environment for our clients, feeling confident they are in trusted hands.
Creation of the Golden Rules
We all need some rules to follow. At Kilimanjaro, we very early on defined 9 Golden Rules which we expect everyone without any exceptions to follow. The vision was to create a liberated, unique and resilient company. One glibly talks about organisational culture, built on the foundation of a set of core values. If you haven’t created them as of yet, define that set of values now, to avoid ending up like every other mundane, pedestrian organisation. In order for the rules to be effective, the rules must be part of your way of doing things. One of them which is very close to our hearts and improves internal functionality is “We keep our promises”. In essence, we don’t make commitments to work we can’t deliver. This works well internally and externally for our clients.
To begin with, for a business to thrive, it is important that employees are focused and motivated. To ensure this, simple rest and relaxation are essential. Although the ‘work-life balance’ may seem difficult, there are a couple of things you and your team can implement so that every individual is not over-worked and stressed in the company. At Kilimanjaro, we encourage taking time for yourself and switching off from your devices, likewise, spending quality time with family and friends and indulging in the right meals, exercise or other hobbies will help maintain balance. We believe that planning this time effectively will lead to an effective workplace environment. In summary, the more time you spend looking after your mind and body, the more you will achieve at work.
Our people are our greatest assets
We nurture our people, create an environment in which they can thrive, teach others, grow and progress. We seek for clever, intelligent, creative, diligent people to love working in our environment and then we give them more responsibility, more discretion. In return, they deliver the agreed outcomes. If our people are stressed, unhappy, unmotivated, we need to change our organisation, not change the people. Supporting one another and engaging in team-building experiences is another great way to create a community within the workplace. Kilimanjaro has successfully created this type of atmosphere by combining our Corporate Social Responsibility with team exercises. To read more about our involvement with inspiring charities and ways that our team have bonded through this, check out our CSR page.
We love our work
Most of us are spending 40 hours or more at work per week. That is around 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime. With numbers like this, it is important that your job is an inspiring, exciting and joyously challenging activity. We hope that our ideas are able to motivate a better workplace, a positive mind space and overall growth for you and your business.