Our origin story
This month we dove into Heritage as a theme to celebrate the great diversity of South Africa. The directors of Iridium took some time this month to reflect on our heritage and how far we have come in the almost decade we have been in existence.
Our business goals are South African-centric and driven by people. We work with people who are innovators, problem solvers, job creators, love what they do and are great people themselves. We love to invest in people and build a community centred around the values we share.
Reflections from our founders...
Reflected in our vision and our values is a sense of community. We have always enjoyed sharing client stories, recommending clients to one another and ensuring that their growth is underpinned by business savvy and learning. Our partner in PR, Kim Barty interviewed Simon and Peter around the heritage of Iridium or as Peter would say Our Superhero Origin story.
Iridium through the years
The people of Iridium
Our focus has always been on developing a team culture that reflects our values of being resilient people who are curious learners and team players that are passionate about helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses. We believe that success should not be centred around making money, but rather building people into the next generation of leaders. Money is merely a bi-product.
Our focus on people is reflected in creating future professionals and entrepreneurs who make an impact. Fostering a healthy culture is vital. We enjoy taking our team on various adventures, including hiking, cycling, running, zip lining, laser tag, pilates, HIIT, adventure hunting and much more.
We include our team in the hiring process to ensure we are hiring team players who fit our culture.. We love celebrating with our people milestones in their lives like birthdays, babies (lots of lockdown babies), weddings, engagements, exam passes and new cars/homes.
Mental health and wellbeing are important to us. People often struggle with mental health challenges like stress, anxiety, depression and other personal trials. As a result, we made the decision in 2019 to rename our sick leave to wellbeing leave. This broader definition encourages our team to take leave for physical, mental and emotional challenges. In 2020, our first sabbatical was taken by a team member. We have also partnered with various organisations to support our team through EQ programs, leadership development and health and wellness programs.