It may sound like an extreme measure to keep employee morale up, but the decision has a very legitimate business lesson at its foundation. Never sacrifice how you treat your customers.
"We had looked at hiring staff to work overnight, but weren't confident service levels could be maintained," Rachel Clatcher, founder of Moneypenny said. "By working on the other side of the world we're able to offer a truly 24 hour first-rate service, with bright, chirpy and wide-awake people."
Based in Wrexham, Moneypenny's telephone service for small businesses is now a complete 24 hour product, with one team switching on at 8am in New Zealand when the home office shuts down at 8pm here.
Employees have responded well to the opportunity to see the world, something many of them thought might never be a possibility. On top of the relocation, staff members have been offered a four day on and four day off working schedule to acclimatise them in Auckland.
"I am getting to see places I probably never would have otherwise," Moneypenny employee Jess Edwards commented. "It's a very different working week. I have visited both the North and South islands of New Zealand and generally thrown myself into the experience."
It's always great to hear of businesses going the extra mile for staff and customers, but this is something special. We all know how important the standard of the service we offer is, but how many people would be willing to go this far to keep their service first class 24 hours a day?