‘Holidays help productivity’ – says boss

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A packed Tees Valley Business Club was given an insight into how free breakfasts and unlimited holidays were one inspirational CEO’s ticket to increased productivity.

The event, which took place at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium and was sponsored by Barclays, introduced businesses to the benefits of Barclays Business Hub with a talk from Visualsoft CEO Dean Benson (pictured above, centre).

The talk prompted much discussion about Visualsoft’s replacement of Human Resources with Happy Relations, much to the delight of Tees Valley Business Club Chairman, Jane Reynolds.

She said: “Dean is the latest in a line of inspiring speakers we’ve had to present to the club and he definitely got our members talking

“We are constantly trying to give our business members the tools they need to grow and Visualsoft’s refreshing take on HR was one we wanted our attendees to think about.

“The event was a big hit and places filled up quickly, we had to have a reserve list for this event. Our next one is already quite heavily subscribed so we would urge members and non members who want to come along, to sign up as quickly as possible.”

Visualsoft’s Dean spoke openly to over 100 attendees as he was questioned by the Bridge Club’s Managing Director Caroline Theobald.

He said: “We don’t refer to our people as resources; our HR department is referred to as Happy Relations.

“We ask staff what they want and if it increases happiness, we think it will increase productivity.

“In recent months, we’ve began offering unlimited holidays, flexi-time, free breakfasts, subsidised gym memberships and protein shakes.

“We want the best people and in recent months staff from Google and Paypal have been coming to us.”

With another successful event wrapped up, the Tees Valley Business Club is already preparing for its next showcase.

Jane added: “Our next event taking place at the Wilton Centre on 19th March is already filling up quickly, so I’d recommend people to book now to avoid missing out.

“The night will host a business card exchange, a presentation from Stephen Catchpole of Tees Valley Unlimited and a talk by Joan Louw from Growth Accelerator.

“Joan works as a Business Growth Manager and will present an update on the newly launched Business Growth Service alongside looking at the ways in which Growth Accelerator can assist businesses in raising finance.”


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