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The Kinder office is on the 2nd floor. After you pass the hallway with kitchen and restrooms walk towards the hammock. Our office is the first one to your left.
TQ is “a curated tech hub in the heart of Amsterdam, founded by The Next Web.”
At the moment over fifty web tech companies and vibrant members (international investors, startup founders and likeminded peeps) share the space.
TQ helps the residents scale and cultivates an active community, which has the following perks:
Since everyone starts at a different time and works different days, we don't really have assigned seating. If every seat is taken you can always find a spot on the sofa or any empty seat outside of our office. Everyone also has a drawer in one of the cupboards to keep their personal belongings.
Please post your days in the office in Google Calendar (Kinder office) each week before Friday 12:00 am. This way we'll know how busy the office will be and when we can pick your brain.
If you’re planning on working from home, please do indicate that in the calendar as well, just like when you’re taking some vacation days.
Focus is important to finish tasks. If you see someone working with a headphone on they probably don't want to be disturbed. Have something to ask them? Try reaching out via Slack first.
Generally, people go out to buy something, or heat up their leftovers, around 12:30/13:00 ish. There are two Albert Heijns around the corner, and the club upstairs serves a lunch buffet. We've also got a fridge to our office but if you need extra space you can also make use of the fridges in the TQ kitchen.
We like having lunch together, so if someone shouts "who wants to have lunch!?" in the #lunch channel don't be shy and feel free to tag along. You probably already spotted the comfy chairs at the end of the hallway, that's where we tend to sit to eat :)
Whenever you're feeling the urge ;) We have nuts and fruit in the office, you are welcome to grab it when needed. The fruit is delivered to us by Vitamine&zo every Monday morning and we’re not getting extra if we’re out before the next Monday. So be considerate and don’t claim it all so your colleagues still have something to snack on at the end of the week. At the same time, if there are leftovers feel free to take some home to prevent foodwaste.
In the hallway between the stairs and our office, you’ll find the kitchen with a state of the art coffee maker (it also does hot water and milk foam).
Please DO NOT be nice to your office mates and bring them a drink. #sittingisthenewsmoking so ask them to join you on your quest for caffeine instead ;)
TQ is a smoke-free building, but you can always go down to the back entrance (not the flower market side) and light a cigarette outside.
When you take the stairs down to the -2 level you'll find a hall filled with ping pong tables, badminton nets, swings, and trampolines. Do take advantage of it to get your energy up again in times of after breakfast/lunch/dinner/hard thinking dips. Most days around 15:30 there's a Kinder team going down for their daily pongpong battle, you can alway challenge them to a match!
Please clean up your own shit. Take your cups to the dishwasher rack. Throw away your stuff. Keep your working area nice and tidy. The cleaners only have limited time for each office this will make a big difference for them.
Try the one-towel trick. We don't have paper towels at the office anymore, but it's a cool trick to know about anyway :)
Throw paper in the paper bin (in the kitchen) and glass in the glass bin (also in the kitchen). For companies in Amsterdam plastic is collected together with other trash and recycled later on so you don’t have to worry about that.
Think about bringing your own lunch to cut back on plastic packaging though. We’ve got plates and cutlery in the office.
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