STRONGER TOGETHER: Creating a work culture for people to thrive

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By Tanya O'Shea, IMPACT Community Services' Managing Director

"STRONGER TOGETHER" is a weekly column where Tanya explores key issues. This week Tanya focuses on creating a workplace culture.

Why do you stay? While this may seem like a loaded question for some, for those fortunate enough to ask within the scope of the workforce, it’s a question worth reflecting on.

The need for a paycheck is undeniable to provide physiological and safety essentials.

The reality is you need to eat and put a roof over your head and in order to do that you might take a job because you need to rather than because you want to.

But it’s unlikely you will simply stay in the same job at the same place for decades without looking elsewhere if you’re unhappy, dissatisfied and underappreciated.

Constantly compromising your values is not sustainable.

While novel notions of life as only a holiday are somewhat ambitious, when your values align with your job and you are satisfied within your role and business, a workplace becomes more than simply a place of work.

You create a culture, and you create a community.

At IMPACT Community Services we’ve cultivated a culture where everyone is encouraged and supported to make a difference in their lives and develop in areas that interest them.

Our people are our greatest asset.

We believe in creating a diverse and inclusive workforce with opportunities for people to grow and prosper.

And the Material Recovery Facility managed by IMPACT is no exception.

While National Recycling Week is approaching, for dedicated staff members like Nathan Last, recycling week is every week.

Working at the recycling facility, this year Nathan reached a huge service milestone, having been part of the IMPACT team for two decades.

Nathan said working at the recycling facility he does a bit of everything.

Nathan Last receives IMPACT Community Services 20-year service award, presented by Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith and Bundaberg Regional Council Cr Tanya McLoughlin.

He’s upstairs on the line sorting and downstairs baling and helping the supervisors.

When asked about his time at IMPACT and what he enjoys most, he said keeping active and keeping out of trouble.

“My favourite thing to do at work is baling,” he said.

Among his favourite memories was when he got to go in the truck and the Christmas parties.

Nathan was acknowledged for his service at the recent IMPACT Community Service annual celebration, alongside other staff and volunteers who have reached significant milestones (5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years) and were recognised for their valuable contributions.

For those looking to do their part this National Recycling Week and make some money, IMPACT’s Container Refund Point is located at 78 University Dr, Branyan.

Please note: This website may contain references to, or feature images, videos, and voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have passed away.

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