The country's first workplace slide
Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:36p.m.
By Emma Jolliff
Staff at Trade Me in Wellington don't like to be too conventional and now they have what they think is the country's first workplace slide.
The stainless steel working sculpture's been built by Weta’s Bill Martel who worked on the capital's Nikau palms in Civic Square.
“I suppose it was just an interesting way for our staff to connect, bit more interesting than steps, a bit cheaper, so why not,” says Trade Me spokesman Paul Ford.
And the five-metre run is pretty fast.
“If you're wearing jeans it's ok, but if you're wearing fastpants, the woollen pants, you need to get ready for potentially a hard landing,” says Mr Ford.
And there's good incentive to use it, the pool table, printer and kitchen are at the bottom of it.
“People actually boo if you take the stairs,” says Mr Ford.
Mr Ford says the most interesting reaction is from people who walk past and see it from outside.
“For us in here, the faces light up when the little kids come in and thunder down and hopefully don't hurt their bums at the end of it,” he says.
Trade Me chose a slide over a fireman's pole on the basis workers would have their hands free to carry things.
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1/09/2012 7:18:24 p.m.
I think the boss at my workplace is too conservative and stuck in the mud (and the 20th century). However, a workplace slide might be going a bit far in the other direction.
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