Author:Niket Sarvaiya, Co-founder & COO of Picostone
at workplace is good communication with co-workers. This creates healthy work
relationships between them. The transparency, caring nature and kind
understanding among themselves make them team players. Happy teams are the core
to business success. There is a saying by Alexander Kjerulf – Chief Happiness
Officer – “Most people chase success at
work, thinking that will make them happy. The truth is that happiness at work
will make you successful.”
that a team being happy at workplace is just as important as getting job done
from them. We turn our office into a place where the team get lots done while
also having fun too. Happiness engages their brain effectively to creativity
and risk taking ability.
any company. At Picostone, whenever we sight an opening in a particular
department, we start hiring, and the hiring process is really a strong one.
Hiring a passionate member who is goal oriented gives a very strong team in
terms of the culture and the work profiles. The wavelengths match and that is
where the whole thing becomes fun and it’s all natural.
- We believe that treating our
team members as a family at work rather than employee – manager relationship
creates positive vibes. We are all food lovers and we make sure that the lunch
timings of the entire team are in sync. Like a family, we have our lunch
together and that is where the joking, the fooling around and the fun happen.
- A good rapport between the
team members will be strong only when there is a magical effect at the
workplace. We strongly adhere to this. We have a flat hierarchy system where no
one is above or under. Well, a happy environment is all what that matters to
- Encouraging fun at workplace
inspires teams to take joy in their work which can reap enormous benefits. To support fun, we have official team outings
once every quarter and where everyone switches off from work and that is the
time to relax, and regroup.
- It’s a fact that having
friends at work makes going to the office more fun. It helps create a sense
that everyone are “in this thing together”. At Picostone, everyone in the core
team is cross trained on other departments too. This has made the teams create
among themselves a positive ambience around them. They are more willing to
support fellow workers and to provide positive support and encouragement for
- We also have a buddy system,
where we create a team of two people with complementing skills, and they have
an internal scrum daily at the start and the end of the day. The strict weekly
reviews and trackers keeps the entire team aligned and targeted towards their
KPIs. Everyone in the team is answerable rather than an individual.
- We have an internal jury
system where, if a plan is to be proposed by a particular department, the
entire team other than the presenters are on the panel and have only one job –
criticise the plan and find as many loopholes as they can. This ensures all
perspectives are covered and multiple user test cases are covered as well.
really passionate about the space we are in. Creating a work environment that
is fun and happy is not easy. But the fact is that a happy team is more
productive than their unhappy peers. The common goal for us is creating smiles
at customer’s face; make them happy by providing the deliverables at the right
|Niket Sarvaiya, Co-founder & COO of Picostone|