Health and safety a big focus for regular team meetings
CrestClean’s catch up meetings for its Taranaki personnel are proving popular for coffee connoisseurs among the team.
Regional Manager Prasun Acharya says getting together on a regular basis is all part of being a member of the “Crest family”.
Meeting up over coffee is a great way to start the day, says Prasun, who encourages his Crest business owners to attend the informal weekly gatherings at a local cafe.
“We are a close knit team and I know most of my team on a personal level,” he says.
But as well as a chance for colleagues to meet over coffee and swap stories, the occasions are a good forum for franchisees to be updated on any important changes that might affect their businesses.
“Every meeting we have, even the informal ones, we always start by talking about health and safety,” Prasun says.
“Our Taranaki teams look after a lot of industrial sites so it’s really important that we remain fully compliant in all areas of health and safety.”
Over the past 18 months Crest’s New Plymouth based teams have been joined by several newcomers who have bought a cleaning business under the company’s Move to the Regions Programme. Crest provides financial assistance to encourage people to purchase a cleaning business in areas where it has immediate opportunities.
Prasun is not surprised why the Taranaki region is attracting enquiries from many people looking to relocate from New Zealand’s large metropolitan areas.
“We have a good quality of life here that suits many people with families who are looking to get on in life. House prices are a lot lower and there are some really good schools.
“It’s also a really beautiful part of New Zealand. Whenever you’re driving the scenery is just beautiful.”
Two years ago Taranaki came second in a list of the world’s top 10 regions, according to renowned travel publication Lonely Planet.
In the guide’s ratings poll, the region was just behind Choquequirao in Peru – but ahead of internationally renowned areas such as the Azores in Portugal, picturesque North Wales and stunning South Australia, according to the Lonely Planet.