CORPORATE VISION / Issue 1 2019 11 LHi Group : Recruitment To Meet Any Need Company: LHi Group Contact: Contact: Kim Pasteau Website: www.wearelhi.com the highest performing consult- ants have consistently been from the New York City office. The East Coast team has grown to more than 30 people working across three brands, Lawrence Harvey, Piper Maddox and SciP- ro. In the last 12 months the New York business has grown by 40%, with July 2018 being the group’s record- breaking month, with an increase of 49% on the previous best. The success in New York is credit to newly appointed Managing Director USA, Mike Bott. Bott, one of the longest serving em- ployees, joined Glanfield in 2007 as a graduate with no recruitment experience. He is promoted alongside Denning and will be instrumental in the future of the New York, Santa Monica and Austin businesses in 2019. Bott’s story is also testament to the idea that a career with LHi really can take you anywhere. Overall, what makes LHi an impressive international business is the fact that its growth and success internationally has been achieved without any outside investment. To this very day the group remain privately owned, and as a result have grown only through internal resources, which has seen it build a multi-lingual, robust operations team who adapt to the changing markets and expansion with ease. This growth has given the group the flexibility and infrastructure to open new offices wherever the market requires, allowing vast scope for further expansion. The group has been strategic in selecting its markets and regions, ensuring that LHi is in high growth areas with opportunities to capitalise on already established business in other areas. The group’s international business makes up more than half of its total GP, demonstrating its evolu- tion from a UK centric business to a truly international company. Looking to the future, internation- al growth will be central to LHi Group’s ongoing success. Driving even greater achievement for its brands and supporting an even wider range of clients over the coming years will be the team’s ongoing focus. People & Culture Internally, the entire group is focused on instilling a collab- orative supportive culture that benefits employees and clients alike. As part of this, LHi have a market leading employee options scheme whereby 50% of the shares in the company are on offer to employees. Every employee in the business has the opportunity to earn options and share in the growth of the compa- ny. There is an option issue every six months, so new employees have an opportunity to benefit as well as existing employees. Additionally, the rebrand to LHi also opened up a range of flexible working options for employees, and possibly the most eye-catch- ing is the option to work a four-day week. For employees who choose this option, their pay and holiday are worked out pro rata, but their commission rates stay the same. The scheme is open to everyone in the business and inclusivity was an important element in its creation. For employees at senior con- sultant level or above, there is the option to work from home every other Friday and they can also have weekly extended lunch breaks. As these schemes emphasise, the company re- wards loyal employees, and this includes giving them an extra week’s holiday at three years’ service, the LHi passport at five and then, to mark ten years’ ser- vice they are given what the lead- ership team call ‘the gift of time’. Employees can choose between being given a luxury watch or a month’s paid sabbatical holiday. Thanks to these schemes and the internal culture they help to cultivate, clients receive the very highest possible standards of service from staff at all times.