Soundbites: May/June 2024


What benefits do you offer to attract new talent and retain the talent you have?

Karl Helliwell

Head of brand & marketing, Oakleaf Partnership

“At Oakleaf Partnership, we pride ourselves on our comprehensive benefits package designed to attract and retain exceptional talent. This includes flexible hybrid working, up to 35 days of holiday, and a long service award offering a four-week paid sabbatical after five years. We support health and well-being with private medical care, dental cover and life assurance from day one, alongside pension contributions. Our ‘Work Smart to Earn Smart’ philosophy, cycle to work and electric car schemes, commitment to diverse talent communities, and regular social events underscore our dedication to our team’s success and satisfaction.”

Garry Walton

VP, HR – Global Operations & Learning, Kingsley Gate

“As a global executive search firm known for its collegiate approach, partners collaborate in international teams, and we believe our working environment and culture are important differentiators when it comes to attracting and retaining talent. As a result we offer structured career development programmes, continual learning opportunities, internal mobility programmes, recognition & rewards programmes, and work-life balance support initiatives to bolster standard benefits. Going forward, as the first cohort of Generation Alpha prepares to enter the workforce, at Kingsley Gate we recognise that benefits will need to adapt to their unique characteristics and needs.”

Jamie Woods

CEO, JCW Group

“Some of our most impactful benefits revolve around nurturing our team’s health and wellbeing. Each week, we introduce a new health initiative in our offices, alongside complementary exercise classes to energise and connect, such as on-site boxing with our own trainer. Additionally, our kitchens are stocked with healthy snacks and breakfast options to ensure a nutritious start to each day. We also stand out with robust mental health support, offering 24/7 internal and external services to foster an environment where everyone feels valued and heard. These initiatives not only attract talent but cultivate a culture where wellbeing is paramount.”

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