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It's all in the mind for recruitment firm as it moves to new headquarters.

Byline: 20 TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2016 SOUTH WALES ECHO NEWS Like us on Facebook facebook.com/WalesOnline Business Edited by Sion Barry If you have a business story contact Sion on 029 2024 3749 or email sion.barry@walesonline.co.uk Twitter: @sionbarry

RECRUITMENT specialist Yolk has invested more than PS300,000 in a new headquarters that triples its space as it aims to almost double its workforce by 2018.

The 40-strong team at Yolk Recruitment has moved into the new office at Cardiff's Anchor Court, which has been designed with a heavy focus on staff wellbeing.

Yolk Recruitment has been supported by an additional PS260,000 business finance grant from the Welsh Government for the creation of 29 new jobs by 2018.

A third of the new space is dedicated to a client lounge and employee break-out zones, including a games area with pool table and bespoke arcade machine, herbal tea stations and a healthy vending machine.

In addition to the new office, staff will also bene-fit from the introduction of mindfulness sessions and have their first one booked with world-recognised Tibetan Buddhist monk Gelong Thubten who holds regular sessions at Google's Dublin offices.

Other developments at the contemporary office, named The Shell, include a design-led kitchen and spacious eating area to encourage the team to take lunch breaks together, with fresh fruit deliveries made every week.

Newly-appointed head of HR Rachel Thomas, who is working to develop Yolk Recruitment's longterm employee health and wellbeing policy, said: "Yolk's ethos is all about its people. Without an engaged and focussed workforce, Yolk wouldn't be the company it is, and we wouldn't have been as successful as we have been so far.

"By offering a state of the art work environment and offering employees career development opportunities and engagement initiatives, our employees' work is more effective and therefore we are more productive as a business.

"Over the coming months, I'll be working closely with our team to find out what's most important to them at work, exploring developments such as employee motivational strategies, further health and wellbeing benefits, and staff training and progression opportunities, so that we can continue to get the best out of our people."

Mr Thubten, of the mindfulness and wellbeing centre the Samye Foundation, will be delivering a session to Yolk's staff during their first week in their new offices, focussing on mindfulness practices in the offices to promote working with focus and collaboration, to increase productivity and reduce stress levels.

Co-founder and managing director Dale Williams said: "Productivity is currently higher than ever and absenteeism at an alltime low.

"That's why it is so important to us as a company to reward our staff by investing in them as employees and individuals. As a result of the office move, not only are we able to offer current employees a positive working environment, it also enables us to grow the business and open up new job vacancies at Yolk."

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