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PDL organises social events around once every month (although there are many other activities that staff organise themselves during the week). The idea of this is to promote good working relationships and give the staff to interact with each other in different environments and also to reward the team for their hard work and effort. There is usually some sort of activity followed by a meal such as:
PDL also has its own football team 'The PDL Pirates' which plays once a week and there are many other sporting activities on a weekly basis such as squash, football, cricket, cycling and climbing. Many of our staff are members of local sporting teams and compete at local and national events.
“I was not an active person before joining the company, but now, influenced by my lovely colleagues, I have changed a lot. We have a PDL football game every Monday. It full of
laughs and lots of fun but none of competitive pressure which might make you feel guilty (if you are not a good footballer like me!) I have now joined them mountain biking in the woods, indoor climbing and jogging. Since joining in the company I feel that I have become more positive and healthier than before.”
We support our staff in their sporting endeavours by sponsoring them either by buying uniform, equipment or sponsoring the charity they are raising money for. These events also support the local economy and local teams as PDL pay for staff to take part in the activities. For example the Hexham rowing club hosted an event and taught PDL staff to row and then have a ‘friendly’ rowing competition. This raised enough money for the club to buy a set of sculling blades. By supporting and encouraging sport participation at every level we are helping to promote healthy lifestyles and good mental wellbeing. This has huge benefits for us in low sickness rates and helps us to retain our team.
“From a personal level, working at PDL feels like being a part of an ever growing family, with more support than I have received in other firms that I have worked for. There is always something going on socially to bring everyone together to make working at PDL more than just a job!”
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