Aquarium passion @ 1&1 Internet
I have been working in this company for almost 5 years, and the first time I came here for the interview, I saw a ping-pong table in one of the rooms, where employees could enjoy a break and relax for a while. I thought it must be great to work in such an office, and I would surely feel excellent here. The last 5 years confirm my first impression; I still love this environment, the people I work with and the projects that are being developed within the company.
Meanwhile, the Romanian team has grown, and so have the opportunities to enjoy a break, as besides the ping-pong table there is also a foosball table and a specially designed corner for Darts. Yet, I believed there could be more, and so I came with the idea to bring some aquaria and place them on the halls of the office. First, there was a 100 litre aquarium that people very much appreciated, followed by a bigger one, of 300 litres.
Thus, I managed to have my own corner of nature in the office, an open place for anyone to enjoy and relax a few minutes, or discuss about important project meanwhile we are admiring the beauties of nature.
Every morning I use to check if the fish in the aquaria are fine, whether they laid eggs or the new generation has already come. I appreciate very much the help of my colleague Dan, who also takes care of the aquaria, cleans them, and feeds the fish. Luckily, I am not the only one in the company whose hobby combines the animals with the plants in aquatic environment. Meanwhile other two colleagues brought aquaria in their offices, with smaller but colourful fish.
What comes next? I don’t know yet. I have a lot of ideas, and my managers use to approve them. Maybe I’ll try something like a Japanese garden in miniature, or who knows, I’ll think of something. We spend a great deal of our time in the office, so why not make it the most agreeable and nature-friendly working place.