There was an overwhelming theme at this year's The Caterer
Keynote: how singing on the job, parent shifts and yoga engage staff at Leon Marco Reick, people director at Leon, opened the HR Forum by challenging employers' reliance on traditional talent pools. He explained that the healthy fast-food group strives to match the consumer brand with its employment strategy by making hard work more fun.
The audience was intrigued to hear that one initiative to achieve both these objectives is dubbed Fish - a reference, Reick said, "to what you feed a dolphin to get it to jump out of the water and perform". For instance, Leon's West End outlets are well-placed for Theatreland and many young, hopeful performers also take jobs as waiters, so the company advertises jobs in The Stage magazine. It 'auditions' waiting staff who can sing and they do so while they are working - allowing them to do what they love.
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