Happy Quokka

Recently, we decided we wanted to survey the POMT team regarding their experience working at POMT.

We spent hours constructing a very intelligent (read ‘painful’) ‘team satisfaction survey’ consisting of multiple complex questions that we thought we could ask the team on a regular basis to gauge what they thought about working at POMT.

Happy…The Movie

After being immensely proud of ourselves and preparing to launch, one of our team members who worked within the ‘Question Group’ tasked with coming up with the questions watched the 2011 feature documentary Happy. The film is directed, written, and co-produced by film-maker Roko Belic and It explores human happiness through interviews with people from all walks of life in many countries, weaving in the newest findings of positive psychology. More here http://www.thehappymovie.com

The movie left a lasting impression and before too long the ‘Question Group’ were asking themselves some probing….well….questions. Things like ‘what really matters in life’ or ‘what is truely important to people in the workplace’ or ‘what is the most important thing within a team’ and ‘what drives a team to do well’

We arrived back at a very simple concept; a happy team is a great team, a happy team is a supportive team and a happy team can do just about anything it collectively wants. So we threw out the list of 10 questions we had painstakingly crafted over as many weeks.

So how do you gauge happiness in the workplace? First lets talk about Quokkas…

A What?…A Quokka!

The quokka (Setonix brachyurus) is a small animal about the size of a domestic cat and like other marsupials (such as kangaroos and wallabies) is herbivorous and mainly nocturnal. Quokkas are found on some smaller islands off the coast of Western Australia, Rottnest Island just off Perth and Bald Island near Albany and in isolated scattered populations in forest and coastal heath between Perth and Albany. A small colony exists at the eastern limit of their range in a protected area of Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, where they co-exist with the critically endangered Gilbert’s potoroo. They have been described as the “world’s happiest animal” and a photo of a Quokka snapping a selfie has proven why.

We pieced it all together and came up with the POMT Happy Quokka rating which asks our team one single multiple choice question once a month via an anonymous online survey which takes on average 5.6sec to complete (yes we have the data).

The question is; “Are you Happy working at POMT”

The answers to choose from are:

1 – Get me outta here
2 – Not happy Jan
3 – Meh
4 – it’s don, it’s good
5 – I have a POMT tattoo

The results are cool and prompt our leadership team to constantly think about the general happiness of our team and the individuals that make it one of the most inspiring places to be!

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