It’s been another busy couple of weeks here at 4Leisure Recruitment. Excitement abounds at the major sporting events we’re following. Boo to the World Cup, hurrah for Wimbledon, and on tenterhooks for the Tour De France.
Here’s some news items that have caught our beady eyes recently….
Andy Murray teams up with Amelie Mauresmo.
The breaking news in the last few weeks was that reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has taken on 34-year old former ladies No 1 Amelie Mauresmo as his coach, and she even got Mummy’s approval! It is hoped that Amelie will encourage Andy to be more creative in his game. It’s certainly worked so far, as Andy cruised through comfortably to the second round earlier this week. We wish him all the best for the tournament and in his new working partnership.
The Huffington Post reports that the excitement around Andy’s hiring of Mauresmo is symptomatic of women’s position in sport. We hope that his somewhat unusual move triggers an awakening for those in sport who are still cautious of letting women tell them what to do! http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/alexandra-kyrkesmith/andy-murray-female-coach-amelie-mauresmo_b_5514716.html?utm_hp_ref=tw
Barbie leads the way!
For those who think females should be kept from the world of business, there is Entrepreneur Barbie! Maybe she has been modelled on some of our very own staff, but that would be mere conjecture. Whilst it’s a massive benefit to have an immaculately presented team going out to meet your clients, it does cause some problems when your office supplies company don’t stock everything you need in pink!
That’s not to say Barbie isn’t immune to criticism. There is the argument that the Entrepreneur Barbie looks more like a corporate executive than someone who is knee-deep in running their own enterprise. http://www.forbes.com/sites/zipfitme/2014/06/23/why-entrepreneur-barbie-missed-the-mark/, and of course, the point-of-view that Barbie, with her unachievable proportions and perfectly coiffed hair, can never truly be a feminist icon or suitable role model. We still love her anyway, and the latest range is at least a step in the right direction.
Drowning Prevention Week
This week from the 21st – 29th June has been Drowning Prevention Week. This is a week of raising awareness to prevent death by drowning, run by the RLSS. Sadly, there have been news articles this week about drownings, and we applaud the work the RLSS does in raising awareness and in training lifeguards, helping to make our water experiences that bit less tragic. You can find out more about Drowning Prevention Week on their website http://drowningpreventionweek.org.uk/
It’s not all about the money, money, money!
This article and infographic from Talent Puzzle aims to educate employers who think that throwing money at grateful employees is a recipe for success. It isn’t! Findings show that employer branding, job benefits and perks, paid time-off, and flexibility are also important to employees, and that providing simple things like vending machines make your employees more productive. Who knew? Well, we did! You can read more at http://blog.talentpuzzle.com/hiring-made-easy/how-to-make-people-work-for-you/
The LA Fitness saga rumbles on
Last week, the Sports Direct deal was finally done and now they’ve taken over their first LA Fitness gym – the Sale, Manchester site. Time will tell whether deals are done on the remaining 32 sites that Sports Direct have their eyes on. More at http://www.leisuremanagement.co.uk/detail.cfm?pagetype=detail&subject=news&codeID=309904
And to the future!
Next week, we’re attending the Flame Conference 2014, which is the leading peer event for the physical activities sector. We shall bring you news from that as we have it. For more info please visit http://www.ukactive.com/events/flame-2014/flame-conference-2014
Bye for now!