When was the last time you engaged in a proper conversation with your Uber driver?

For most of us, a ride in an Uber or taxi during the workday is a chance to catch up on email, prep for a meeting with a colleague, or even sit quietly and gain a few minutes’ peace before embarking on the next scheduled event. Sometimes, it can also be a great opportunity to meet someone new and share an interesting chat.

Having taken many rides between Reform’s head office in Roseberry, and our various Sydney-based project sites, both Carl and I have met some extremely interesting Uber drivers. Some are open and honest. Others are weird and wonderful. Some are very funny, and others are very quiet and private.

Recently, Carl and I were fortunate enough to accept a ride from

Hayat Razban, who spoke very openly and honestly about his experience in, and passion for, the construction industry. He also spoke about his skills, career aspirations and commitment to working hard and doing great things with his life. Over the course of our conversation, it became obvious that Hayat was a mature, enthusiastic young man with a fantastic work ethic – and also, someone who would fit perfectly into the Reform team.

At the end of the ride, we took Hayat’s phone number, and a week later, he was officially inducted as a skilled labourer at our IDA Apartment site in Woolloomooloo.

Hayat has since become a very valued member of our team, has thoroughly embraced the Reform culture, and has a bright future ahead of him. We consider Hayat to be an a-grade employee, and are very proud to be able to support and nurture Hayat within our growing business.

And he was once our Uber driver!

Every team is only as strong as its people, and at Reform, we are committed to choosing people who are enthusiastic, driven and passionate about what they do. We believe that the perfect employee isn’t necessarily someone with endless qualifications and educational merits. It’s about a willingness to learn, having a strong team ethic, and always putting the customer first.

So the next time you hop into an Uber, strike up a conversation with your driver. You never know where it might lead!