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Wellington is home to some of the most creative and inspiring workplaces in the country. Storypark, the organisation helping working parents to be more involved in their child’s learning across NZ (and the world) have taken a hands-on approach to staff wellbeing with free lunch, a collaborative atmosphere and even a climbing wall.
Stepping into Wellington business Storypark’s headquarters on Victoria St, and the first thing one notices is glitter on the floor.
“Yeah, sorry about that,” staff member Megan Bayliss says. “There was a leaving party on Friday night and, you know, glitter bombs of course.”
For Storypark, it was important that the company’s environment and culture reflected the early childhood education industry it was involved in.
Born in Gore, Storypark has grown up with the support of some wise people and caring organisations, all under the watchful eye of the founders’ mothers who are early childhood educators.
The initial concept was designed to strengthen the connection between teachers and parents, and enhance commnication and understanding about children - ultimately improving outcomes for the child.
Since its founding in 2013 the company has expanded globally and there are now more than 25 staff in Wellington, plus remote workers in Dunedin, Hamilton, Australia and Canada.
Storypark’s office space is open plan, wrapping around the building’s elevator shaft. There’s a ping-pong table, board games, cosy nooks to work (or nap) and a rather challenging climbing wall.
Megan, who has worked as the Office Experience Manager for the past three years, says the space was created to reflect Storypark’s culture of doing things together.
“It’s a home away from home. A place where people want to be, are well looked after and cared for, a family with a sense of belonging - because that’s early childhood.
“If people want to come and have breakfast here they can come and help themselves, it’s something people don’t have to worry about. And it means there’s a sense of community; we eat together, people are hanging around, talking, playing games and staying for (free) drinks at the end of the day.”
The office also boasts complimentary yoga and massage therapy sessions and is both dog and child friendly, recognising that people with families sometimes need some flexibility.
Recognised as a finalist in the 2018 Employee Experience awards and winner of the 2017 Emerging Exporter Award , Storypark’s unique office offerings help in both attracting and retaining skilled staff.
“Our purpose has pride of place on the wall and our values are big part of our workplace and how we work together” says Megan, who already has some big plans for a staff birthday party later in the week.