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As part of the appraisal process managers are actively encouraged to consider training/development needs of their staff and how to action this through mentoring, coaching, workshops, training events etc. They hold regular team meetings to get feedback on how things are going. Managers constantly review how things are going with their teams through team meetings and 1:1s. Individuals who have real concerns also have access to the HR function to raise their issues directly. Managers have autonomy to offer more flexible working patterns and working at home when the need arises.
dotDigitalGroup constantly listen to employee feedback and have introduced a range of initiatives to support employee development and the focus of the new appraisal system is equally weighted between performance and development. The best current example is the offer of matched funds towards an employee's ambition or something on their bucket list. Does not have to be work related - just something that they can evidence will develop them personally. To date dotDigitalGroup have bids for sailing, pilot training, leadership training, drumming, paragliding, engaging a personal trainer and a tandem sky dive.
dotDigitalGroup had a company-wide summer party in June 2011 which was held on a leisure boat which went up and down the Thames in London stopping at various piers on the way so that people could get off if they wanted to. Staff came from all over to attend, including the Minsk office in Belarus. Everyone had a great time with a BBQ, a DJ, karaoke and dancing, not to mention a few drinks. This was fully funded and a great team building event - the only problem was the weather but nobody let it get in the way of having fun! A great time was had by all and dotDigital also announced their Employee of the Financial Year winner and runners-up.
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On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships
On-site nursery or vouchers
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