Case study: Timothy James shuts up shop for Christmas

Timothy James Consulting is one of the few employers in the recruitment industry to shut up shop over Christmas as a special thank-you to its staff.

Managing director Christopher O’Connell says: “Shutting the office over Christmas is virtually unheard of in recruitment, so it gives us a strong unique selling point when interviewing potential staff. It also ensures everyone
returns refreshed after the winter break and positive about starting a new year.”

The company also likes to throw an imaginative and inspiring Christmas party. “We hold a large party for the whole company, with music, food and entertainment like magic tricks or acrobatics,” says O’Connell. “We try to do something a little different rather than centring it around alcohol. We find this creates better and stronger memories for our staff.

“We create a present for each member of staff based on something unique to them. This does not have to be expensive, but makes each employee feel valued.”

Past gifts have included a top hat, a photography shoot and surfing gear.

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