Heinz, Coca-Cola, M&C Saatchi, British Airways and the BBC use Shoreditch-based art studio Acrylicize to create eye-catching office spaces. Founders James Burke and Paul Arad have these tips for companies looking to give their headquarters a “cool” makeover.
In business there’s an extraordinarily wide variance in recruitment philosophy. At one end of the spectrum there are those who look for the people with the quickest availability and the lowest cost, generally with some attempt to determine whether candidates have the ability and attitude to do the job to an acceptable level.
At the other end, there are those who are willing to invest significant time, resource and skills with the goal of finding exceptionally talented people who will do outstanding jobs, grow with the business and help drive the business forward.
“No-one seems willing to take responsibility and get on with what needs doing without first checking with me.”
“Why can’t people present solutions rather than problems?” “If it wasn’t for me this business would grind to a halt.”
“I’ve grown this business significantly in terms of people numbers but I’m still working 80 hours a week, fire-fighting and dealing with a lot of day to day routine.”
Any of this sound familiar? Crazy isn’t it that you employ all these well paid people, delegate responsibility and yet it always seems to come bouncing back to you? So why is this the case and what can you do about it?
You should look to coastal regions across the UK as they become popular business hubs, says Graham Longley, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Executive Councillor for Enterprise, Tourism and Economic Development. When we think of the seaside we imagine building sandcastles and eating fish and chips on the beach, but in recent years we are seeing a…