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Get To Know Your Colleagues Better

by Bidita Debnath on November 7, 2012 at 3:43 PM
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 Get To Know Your Colleagues Better

In Sydney, new employees in a software development company are asked to push a cart around offering beers to colleagues during their first week to get to know them better.

It create the best office atmosphere and ensure that staff work with each other instead of against each other, it has been revealed.

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IT company Atlassian has also created a "beer test" to decide which job candidates they will pick for the job.

After interviewing a jobseeker they ask each other "Could I share a beer with this person?"

Atlassian vice-president of talent Joris Luijke said encouraging a friendly workplace culture has been the key to their success.
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"With the beer test they don't have to be similar to the person interviewing them, they just have to be interesting and have something to offer," News.com.au quoted him as saying.

"They need to be able to be a great mate - a work mate - in the workplace.

"We have beer on tap here and that makes people come in and stay and bring their partners as well.

"We want to make sure there are these natural interactions and friendships built over time organically," he said.

According to recruitment company Hays regional director Carolyn Dickason, the beer move was part of a trend in which employers are heavily investing in the social element of their staff.

"The respect you receive from your colleagues is very important," Dickason said.

"It's about respect and how you treat each other internally and that adds a huge amount to productivity.

"It's about recognition, not necessarily from your manager but from your peers. It's what you think of each other that is more important," she added.

Source: ANI
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