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Albert Einstein inspires employee development at Stonegate: Pub company’s people policies are based on the great inventor’s approach

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 12 January 2015

Abstract

Purpose

Describes how Stonegate Pub Company has introduced a career-development pathway with scientist Albert Einstein as its figurehead.

Design/methodology/approach

Examines the reasons for the pathway and its associated training, the form it takes and the results it has achieved.

Findings

Explains that the program has been successful in reducing employee turnover, increasing the number of vacancies filled from within the firm and improving customer service.

Practical implications

Reveals that Stonegate Pub Company, which recently opened a dedicated training center in Birmingham, UK, won the Innovation in Training award at the Scottish Training Federation’s 2014 awards, in recognition for its successful Albert’s Apprenticeships.

Social implications

Demonstrates that the design is fun, quirky, engaging and irreverent, with a desire to appeal to the disengaged learner, the gamer and the personalities who make up a large percentage of the company’s teams.

Originality/value

Shows how initial research followed by continuous improvement has resulted in an exceptional employee training and development program that has outstripped the company’s expectations of it.

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Citation

(2015), "Albert Einstein inspires employee development at Stonegate: Pub company’s people policies are based on the great inventor’s approach", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 23 No. 1, pp. 4-6. https://doi.org/10.1108/HRMID-12-2014-0154

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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