(Re)Introducing Thriver: The Leading Catalyst for Workplace Culture Change

Jul 23

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If you’ve been following us for a while, you might have noticed that we’ve evolved quite a bit lately. That’s because we’re on a mission to build a robust platform that can support all workplace culture needs, whether a team is big or small, vastly diversified or slowly working towards it, new or established, fully remote or on-site, or somewhere in the middle. With all the platform updates we’ve been shooting your way over the last several months, our goal with today’s post is to reacquaint you with who we are, what we stand for and how our offers can accelerate your culture-growing efforts. 

It’s been a minute since we shared our story, so we’ll start by giving you a brief recap!

How It Started: A Brief History

Hi (again)! We’re Thriver. 

We began our workplace culture journey in 2015 as Platterz, a startup that specialized in managing office food programs. At the time, our goal was simple: to help our early clients feed their people well by designing and delivering creative office catering solutions. But we quickly recognized that good food wasn’t the only thing these companies were hungry for; they craved unique and scalable methods of connecting and melding their people into unstoppable teams. 

Over time, our focus shifted dramatically to fill that gap. Today, what started as an office food program is now the leading workplace culture marketplace dedicated to helping you discover, book, and manage culture-building solutions – whether it be food and kitchen, team activities, office space and design or even professional development, we’ve got you covered. We’ve gathered hundreds of platform services that cater to nearly every team structure, budget, and personality type you can think of.

Note that we also recently added features to help you determine which services our providers offer on-site and which are virtual. Use our filter function or discover providers and services near you. 

How It’s Going: Turnkey Solutions For Every Culture Need

As an administrator, executive, or any type of decision-maker within your company, you’ve undoubtedly recognized that workplace culture-building is a constant, complex, delicate task that involves balancing your organization’s best interests with your team’s happiness. And it’s not easy because people are tough to please!

But here’s the thing: that push and pull involved in managing multiple unique needs and wants all at once? 

It’s not a bad thing. 

It usually means at least a couple of positives. One, you have human beings on your team, which every organization needs to achieve greatness! And two, conflict (which isn’t a dirty word, by the way) means that many ideas full of potential are floating around, ripe for the picking. The key is combining them to produce an all-around satisfying solution that feeds the type of work environment you’re trying to create. 

A thriving workplace culture starts with identifying and building out the areas that matter most to your teams’ well-being. Sometimes they’re obvious, and other times, they’re subtle factors that you and your colleagues may not even recognize as consequential. If you want to determine which parts of your culture are strong and which parts need a little TLC, it’s helpful to ask yourself the following questions.

If it turns out that one (or all) of these areas need some work, that’s okay. That’s why we’re here! 

Now, down to business. Are your office programs:

Keeping Everyone Safe & Healthy?

The air is thick with uneasiness about health and safety, thanks to the pandemic. If your team is hesitant to return to the office, putting the proper safety protocols and measures in place can allay their fears. Build on the workplace culture experience and gain their trust using:

PPE & Safety Products (USA & Canada)

Access an endless supply of hand sanitizers, wipes, face shields, gloves, masks and every other resource needed to protect your team’s physical health and peace of mind. 

Location(s): On-site

Covid-Testing (USA & Canada)

Get in touch with medical professionals who will arrive on-site to satisfy any screening or testing need you have, whether it’s ongoing or for one-time, special events. 

Location(s): On-site

Onsite Nurses (Currently Canada only)

Our provider will station a registered nurse on-site to administer COVID-19 screening and testing and provide instant wellness information when needed.

Location(s): On-site

Find other solutions to keep your office clean, safe and sanitized here!

Investing in Continual Learning & Development?

A solid professional development program will help your team’s skills remain current, keep colleagues engaged, and attract and retain the best talent. Some top areas to consider include:

Employee Training & Coaching

Furnish your employees with technical skills for on-the-job tasks and soft skills (such as creativity, problem-solving, and communication) that tie everything together.

Location(s): Virtual

Management & Executive Coaching

More than ever, leaders and managers are looking for solutions to work through challenging times and support their teams. Empower your leadership with the tools needed to maximize influence, supporting employee growth and success, and drive corporate momentum while practicing self-care. 

Location(s): Virtual

Mental Health Support

Yup, mental health management is a skill! Especially if you want to have a positive and well-performing workplace culture. Train your colleagues to prevent burnout, manage stressful situations, and practice mindfulness for personal and professional wellness. 

Location(s): Virtual & on-site

Explore emotional intelligence and other skills development sessions here!

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion allows for empathy and increases a company’s ability to better understand the needs of their customers, while empowering employees to feel safer and happier at work. 

Location(s): Virtual

Providing A Wide Variety of Proper Nutrition? 

Excellent nutrition has the power to keep your team happy, fuelled and energized. It’s also a great way to bring colleagues together and teach everyone lifelong habits. Make use of our all-inclusive services, including: 

Office Catering & Staffing

Gain instant access to a vast network of food delivery and catering experts specializing in different cuisines near you. Also, if you need baristas, servers, bartenders, or any other extra hands at your next office gathering, our providers will get you all the experienced attendees you need. 

Location(s): Virtual & on-site

Beverages 

There’s always at least one coworker who needs their coffee or tea done just right before they’re functional in the morning, isn’t there? Satisfy every tastebud with specialty teas, coffees, juices and almost any other beverage imaginable. 

Location(s): On-site

Snacks & Pantry

Make sure your pantry is well-stocked with healthy single-serve treats to help everyone snack safely! You can also send snack packages to your remote coworkers so they don’t feel left out.

Location(s): On-site

Browse the rest of our platform to find cooking classes, nutrition workshops and other ideas to make food healthy, simple and delightful for your colleagues!

Connecting People Through Engaging Team Activities?

Imagine an environment where everyone has fun together, gets along well, and collaborates uniformly to complete projects that benefit all involved. When teams regularly participate in engaging team activities, it creates healthy friendships that positively impact their work-related interactions. Try focusing your get-togethers around at least three themes:

Team Building

Whether your coworkers prefer high-energy fun like trivia and game nights or more laid-back activities like meditation classes, there’s something for everyone.

Location(s): Virtual

Health & Wellness

Sign your team up for classes focussing on exercise, nutrition, meditation and even mindfulness workshops that will bring them together and teach them powerful self-care habits at the same time. 

Location(s): Virtual

Volunteering

One of the top things employees value is a chance to give back and serve the less fortunate. You can use volunteering as an opportunity to bond with your team while adding value to your surrounding communities. 

Location(s): Virtual and on-site

Visit here to book team activities that will encourage allyship and collaboration! 

Safely & Strategically Using Office Space to Inspire Creativity & Togetherness?

With the economy opening up and many of us returning to onsite work, now is an excellent time to revisit how your office space can bring everyone comfortably together and support them. If you’re adopting a hybrid model, balancing and connecting the interests of remote and in-house employees can be tricky. Still, it’s perfectly manageable with a strategic combination of: 

Office Design

Find creative ways to prepare meeting rooms for large group collaborations and smaller spaces for solo work. Also, make the place come alive with home comforts like living plants. And don’t forget to include remote workers! You can help them feel connected to their in-office teammates using company-themed design features. 

Location(s): Virtual and on-site

Furniture & Equipment

Furniture and equipment might seem like a no-brainer, but there’s more than meets the eye. For instance, you need to consider if your selected pieces are sturdy enough to last a long time and consist of easy-to-clean materials.

Location(s): Virtual and on-site

Health & Safety

Make sure the layout of your office space keeps people safely apart while maintaining easy collaboration. Also, use carefully selected, ergonomic furniture and equipment to safeguard your team’s physical well-being.  

Location(s): Virtual and on-site

Click here to reimagine your workspace through expert guidance from consultants! 

Hyping Up Employees & Showing Them Appreciation?

Little thank-you gestures can mean everything to your team, but it’s easy to run out of creative ways to express gratitude. You won’t have to worry about that for much longer, though. We’re currently sourcing providers specializing in welcome packages, care packages and other gifts to highlight employee appreciation and support remote workers. 

It’s all in the works and coming your way soon!

Creating Space for Colleagues to Let Loose at Offsite Events?

With post-covid days on the horizon, there’s more to look forward to than just in-office socializing. Get ready to plan vibrant out-of-office events once again, where your team can party together and shake off work stress. You’ll soon be able to plan entertainment (think DJs, dancers and other live entertainers) as well as every aspect of your offsite activities in one centralized place or book event planners who can do all the heavy lifting for you. 

Stay tuned!

Change Your Culture Forever With Thriver

With hundreds of services and experiences at your fingertips, you can easily create the type of work environment that your team can thrive in, no matter where you’re located, what your budget is, or what kind of people you work with. And just like the universe is constantly expanding, we’re continuing to rapidly connect with more and more providers who specialize in new and exciting culture-building solutions. 
Have you identified an area or two that needs fixing? Browse our platform to find the right remedies.

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