Words and photos by PBBI Staff Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. – Luke 16:10 For most of us, honesty is high on the list of company traits we would like to see. After all, who won’t get inspired working for and with honest people? With this principle, PuzzleBox BPO, Inc. put up a simple honesty store, while unknowingly reaping the benefits that come with it!
- Cultivates a better company culture
The idea of honesty store has been around for quite some time and has been a great practice of successful companies, and even some countries! As a matter of fact, Indonesia launched a long-running anticorruption campaign by opening up a cashier-free “honesty cafes” across the country in 2009. So, to set the stage for an honest workplace, PuzzleBox BPO, Inc. launched HONESTore in the last quarter of 2017.
- Inspires employees to be generous
Here’s how the HONESTore works: an employee picks a product he wants to avail, checks its price on the pricelist, and deposits money in the box. Since there’s no one manning the store, the employee must leave the exact amount. (Some are generous and leave their change behind!) Employees can choose from a variety of goods like instant noodles, biscuits, coffee, canned goods, and candies.
- Funds a fund
Sure, we cannot amass a fortune from our humble store, but it sure can help add to our Party Fund and Summer Outing Fund. *wink* *wink*
- Fills an immediate need
HONESTore might not have fancy items, but it definitely fills an immediate need. Having an honesty store helps a lot, especially when a company operates 24/7.
- Saves time and effort
Not only it is convenient for the employees, it also makes them more efficient since they do not have to go outside the building and line up at the store just to get some snacks. They can use the time and energy they saved for other things to help them become better employees. While honesty is a two-way street, you can tell a lot about the level of corporate ethics by the success level of an honesty store. And while instilling values surely doesn’t happen overnight, simple things like setting up an honesty store can surely motivate people to see themselves and others in a better light.