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Founder Talks: On Workplace Wellness

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More critical than celebrating World Social Justice Day on 20th February is acting on a relevant issue, including workplace wellness. The remembrance itself upholds the core tenants of humanity in which businesses should contemplate fighting for justice, whichever way possible. With that being said, we aim to investigate the harmony of RRGraph’s values toward its employees.

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In this article, Rasid Wiyono, one of the founders, talks about workplace wellness and how it affects the living standards of employees. At the same time, at the same, there remain specific issues, including uncertain opportunities, last-minute tasks, non-traditional surface skills, and other things that may occur in a start-up company.

How do you define wellness? Is it correlated with justice?

“Wellness and justice have a slight border. Justice isn’t about treating everyone equally but is more a reciprocal duty we give someone who eagers more effort. Something with effort brings more value and results in our client’s trust and satisfaction. That’s the parameter for me to treat the team better. And it coheres with their wellness. If they do more, we’ll give more.”

I told him the first time he heard the topic of this conversation. Wellness and justice may pop into our heads as obscure concepts. Everyone has their idea about that. And Rasid himself admits that it’s hard to get the team to share the same value, especially when they have contrasting habits and points of view. But it doesn’t leave him asphyxiated. However, he finally attains his extent to value someone by their work ethic, which becomes a measurement for their rewards.

There are two kinds of rewards RRGraph would give. Materials, which be delivered through a salary bonus, and non-material ones, as a sort of flexibility on the day-to-day learning progress, where employees aren’t limited in a strict, tight deadline and schedule, but a sense of freedom to learn any skill they want to master. Subsequently, Rasid realizes that being successful, both as a company and individual isn’t about having endless growth and revenue accumulation. Deeper than that, to set employees with success lies in how this company is always ready to assist its employees in achieving their objectives. Though that sort of individual achievement doesn’t bring a significant impact, it unexpectedly affects the company’s overall performance in some ways.

In terms of commercialism, building RRGraph to Rasid aims to escalate the thoughtful ideas every presenter delivers. “Rather than the fair designed one, a well-crafted presentation can change the future holds, either to the speaker or the audience, and we’re here to facilitate its purpose. That’s our fundamental as a company.” So pragmatics, you may think. Meanwhile, there’s one thing Rasid loves to be the founder that has nothing to do with the job itself. It’s when he sees employees go to the office with a decent smile in the morning.

 “Their smile, for me, tells happiness in the indirect way they can’t fake. It indicates that they can maintain a work-life balance, has good quality time with friends and family, does whatever hobby they like, and let go of any office duty after 5 p.m.,” Rasid continues. It’s a long process until he arrives with that mindset, which is a bit freer and open. 

On one own, Rasid made his father a role model. When he was a kid, he watched his father work day and night like no one can’t stop it. The experience unconsciously turns him into that ‘workaholic’ kind of guy. Once in a while, he tried not to do anything after work, but he couldn’t. He needs to stay productive, even after his little family has gone to bed already.

Not everyone has such persistence. Hence he can’t push that habit to the team. Considering that fact, in treating everyone with decency, he manages to facilitate the office with fun and comfort. There’re guitars, joysticks, games, loudspeakers, snacks, beverages, badminton every Thursday, and crafting day once every two months. And those make RRGraph more like a playground. Treating with decency can also be meant as the method of RRGraph incorporates employees’ feedback. Then there, Rasid begs the other founders to be more aware of their team because feedback sometimes it’s not uttered in the bud but subtly through their behaviors and can only be confirmed with face-to-face conversation.

GOOD FOOD + GOOD MUSIC + GOOD CONVERSATION = WELLNESS.

Rasid also mentioned inclusivity as one of the priorities to help all kinds of people succeed. He doesn’t have many people. He barely accepts to work here. Everyone deserves the same opportunity, regardless of their education, race, or religious background. High school and vocational school graduates have the same chance as university graduates. In the end, it’d be about their attitudes and willingness to adapt. Moreover, there’s an openness for everyone in the team to be RRGraph’s CEO in the future under an exceptional occurrence for the best, greater purpose, where this company still can give social protection, an enjoyable atmosphere, and financial security to the employees’ rights.

See also:

A Design Leader Daily Duties: The Juxtaposition of Design and Outdoors

Founder Talks: Creating Product for People

Founder Talks: What is Sustainability?

If you could have a mantra to transform one thing, what would it be?

I have none. I am so grateful for our condition right now. With all the obstacles I had back then, I can meet with this team. I sometimes think that it’s a remarkable coincidence in my life. And I can say no more. If I can turn back time, I won’t change anything too. No matter how great it’d be, obstacles will always walk with us side by side.

Get in touch with Rasid 🤝🏻

Rasid is a “One Piece” fan, and he’s also a proud Malayan band listener who sings about love and desperation. You can hit Rasid through LinkedIn. Read our founder talks series about business sustainability.

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