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PersolKelly’s new collaborative workspace brings a merger of cultures and companies

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The recruitment and consulting businesses under PersolKelly changed its digs in February from its old location on Hutchison House in Central. With stunning views of Victoria Harbour through expansive windows (replete with docked cruise liners and the Star Ferry bustling by), the company’s brand-spanking new premises embody its “work and smile” philosophy for both its 110 employees and customers.

Passing by the “wonderwall” of photos of smiling colleagues near the entrance, visitors are ushered through to “RelaxNation” – a cafeteria/bar-type space used for socialising, small group discussions, one-on-one meetings and a Friday happy hour, with a big-screen karaoke. Laptops for employees come equipped with a phone-system connection so they can work from anywhere in the space.

Onto the entertainment/training area, which resembles a cinema with plush carpeting, mushroom seating and soundproof doors that can be easily opened and closed, this versatile space can be adapted for seminars, viewing of movies and yoga sessions (including a massage chair) as required as all furnishings are modular and portable.

Going deeper into the premises reveals the floor-to-ceiling glass meeting rooms, allowing natural light to flood in and affording views of the outside world. In a thoughtful touch, there is also a mother-friendly room for employees with young children.

The joint workspace is comprised of the sister companies Kelly Services, Persol HK and PersolKelly Consulting, which all fall under the PersolKelly Group – a merger between United States and Japanese brands. The office move and change in philosophy also mirror the cultural merge the organisation is undergoing.

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