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INDUSTRY


Despite the scale of this business, the family ethos and origins are very visible in the culture of the staff and teams we encountered. It’s very evident when you meet a happy and vibrant workforce; staff smiles, polite welcomes, friendly exchanges, combined with professionalism and productivity that almost smacks you in the face. Such environments aren’t created by chance, they are the product of investment in people, success, fairness and excellent leaders. Steve explains the importance Hunter place on staff happiness and creating a positive family atmosphere and working environment, where it feels like you are working alongside friends. The company provide an onsite gym, with three dedicated fitness trainers, where a contribution of only three dollars a week is required. The detail, creative thought and investment that Hunter place in staff is no more evident than in the warehouse we are passing through. Large HD digital screens display core


Steve Hoveln, Product Manager


business information, such as where the performance of the business is against targets and goals. Steve explains this helps to keep all employees ‘driving in the same direction’. The screen content changes and two names are displayed next to party balloons, communicating staff who are celebrating birthdays that week. Friday is ‘sports jersey day’, where individuals proudly sport their favourite baseball, American football, soccer, ice hockey or basketball attire. There is a ‘bring your sons and daughters to work day’ and free charging points for environmentally conscious staff who drive electric vehicles to work.


It is perhaps no surprise that everything is spotlessly clean, from the warehouse packing areas to the office booths; my colleague and I both comment on the exceptional standards and facilities. Steve proudly talks about the main warehouse, which holds over 10,000 pallet spaces and currently holds around $45


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